To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser.
To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings.
For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
The trial of RFI's Hausa-language correspondent in Cameroon, Ahmed Abba, has been postponed for a month, by which date he will have spent 17 months in prison, because experts had failed to provide a report on the contents of his computers and mobile phone at today's hearing. France Médias Monde again called for his release and the dismissal of complicity with terrorism charges.
French President Francois Hollande said that a coalition waging a bombing campaign against the Islamic State group would "accelerate" "The pace of the interventions will be accelerated and France will play its role in this," Hollande said in a speech to ambassadors on Thursday morning.
His comments came after a meeting by the defence ministers of seven countries in the coalition, who said their strategy was to free the IS "power centres" of Raqa and Mosul in Iraq and Syria.
The coalition also agreed to reinforce support to Arab and Kurdish forces fighting Daesh on the ground," he said, using an alternative name for IS.
Hollande told ambassadors that 2016 must be a "year of transition" in Syria, which is entering its fifth year of war.
Peace talks are due to take place with all parties on Monday.
"The moderate opposition has agreed to attend. The key question of who will govern Syria should not be avoided," he said.