France is preparing to host a summit in Paris on Saturday on how to deal with the rebel group, Boko Haram.
It comes after the group abducted more than 270 girls and women from a school in Nigeria.
France has also announced it will deploy 3,000 troops to combat al-Qaeda-linked forces in parts of Africa.
Al Jazeera's Simon McGregor-Wood went to see French troops in training.
Source: Al Jazeera