French President Emmanuel Macron has also kicked off his visit to Mali, his first official trip outside Europe, since his election. He was received by Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Macron has vowed to crush jihadist groups in West Africa. During his visit, Macron will also be briefed on Operation Barkhane. It is France's largest overseas military mission, with about 4,000 soldiers in Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. He is expected to visit a French base in the eastern city of Gao. Macron had pledged that fighting terror would be a top priority, after multiple attacks in France.

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