French, Malian presidents pay tribute to African WWI troops


The presidents of France and Mali paid tribute on Tuesday to the role played by African troops who fought for France during World War I.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita attended a ceremony in the French city of Reims in northeast France to pay joint tribute to the soldiers.

“Today, we honour heroes,” said Keita, whose great-grandfather fought and died in the Battle of Verdun nearby and whose body was never found.

“The nearly 200 000 soldiers who fought day and night, who fought for France and for themselves too, for justice and liberty,” he said.

These “implacable” fighters, he said, had given their blood for world peace.

Macron did not speak during the ceremony. But in a tweet posted Tuesday, he said that as well as the French soldiers, it was “the…

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