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Macron takes his chef & celebrities to entertain the troops in Chad

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By Robert Hackwill
Macron takes his chef & celebrities to entertain the troops in Chad

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in the Chad capital N'djamena for the weekend to share a pre-Christmas dinner with French forces stationed there, and to meet President Idriss Deby.

The meal will be cooked by Macron's personal Elysee palace chef.

France has a 4,500 strong force in the region to fight Islamic extremists, which operates in partnership with four other nations, Mauritania, Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso.

France intervened in Mali in 2014 under President Francois Hollande when it appeared on the brink of falling into the hands of Islamic extremists, and fought them off.

The Islamic menace in the north has been largely eliminated but militants have re-established themselves in central Mali, and are active throughout a region France, and increasingly other countries like Germany and America, consider critical in the fight against groups like Boko Haram.

France's efforts have been welcomed, but also criticised for its concentration on security as opposed to development, which many observers say is the only long-term solution to ending extremism.