The French President, Francois Hollande, is in Algeria. He did not apologize directly for France's brutal colonial rule over the North African country. But Hollande did acknowledge Algerian suffering under his country's rule.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will run for a fourth term in April's election, according to the country's prime minister. Bouteflika has been in power for 15 years and suffered a mini-stroke last year.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has met privately with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and delivered a speech in Berlin. He struck a nostalgic tone but would not be drawn on his rumored presidential ambitions.
President Barack Obama has hailed the "enduring alliance" between the US and France during a state visit by Francois Hollande. The two presidents are going all out to show they are allies with common causes.
As Nigeria holds celebrations to mark its centenary as a unified state, it was promised support by visiting French President Francois Hollande in its protracted battle with terrorism.
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