Macron calls for Sahel force against armed groups

French President Macron is hosting the G5 Sahel nations in Paris to discuss action against armed groups in the Sahel region. He called on regional and international leaders to support the G5 Sahel Force.

French President Emmanuel Macron is promising joint military action against armed groups in the Sahel region of Africa early next year.

The announcement came at a summit he is hosting of the Sahel G5 nations: Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.

The Sahel region is a large area of the Southern Sahara desert where groups such as ISIL and al-Qaeda are increasingly active.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull has more.