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France Boosts Troops in West Africa Area Facing Islamist Threat

France will boost the number of soldiers deployed in Ivory Coast to 900 from 500, ramping up military efforts in a region facing the threat of Islamist militants.

The increase in French forces is part of the "reorganization" to achieve a "true advanced operational base," Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters after he met with Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara on Friday in Abidjan, the commercial capital.