- France has raised concerns about a possible reduction in military support from the United States of America in Africa
- According to France, there are still areas in Africa that are considered trouble spots in the sub-region
- At a meeting held in January 2020, five francophone heads of state in Africa agreed that it is better France stays
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France has expressed fears about the possibility of the United States of America (USA) reducing its military activities in West Africa.
Of greater concern to France is the likelihood that the USA may cut down support for its (France) military activities in the sub-region.
This follows a shift in the list of priorities of the U.S with regard to defence in West Africa.
YEN.com.gh understands that there has been a shift in the focus on counter-terrorism to competition for power.
Per a report by cfr.org, US’s Department of Defense has been mulling over a reduction in its assets in Africa, especially West Africa.
In France’s opinion, this would be a mistake, as there are still trouble spots in the region with regard to terrorism.
Information available shows that there has been an exponential rise in terrorism in countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad.
France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, has intimated that his country would only stay at the request of the government’s in the region.
At a meeting with five francophone heads of states in early January 2020, they reaffirmed their desire for the French to stay.
In other news, Apple Inc’s revenue for the first quarter reached GHc510,137,465,400 or $91.8 billion, mainly due to its wearables.
The company positioned itself for the strongest holiday season in its history as it trimmed the prices of most iPhone models ahead of the 2019 holiday.
It, therefore, launched a number of new services in a bid to boost its subscription numbers.
An announcement of its fiscal first-quarter 2020 results left everyone surprised; a $91.8 billion in quarterly revenue compared to $84.3 in the year 2019 as well as $88.3 in the first quarter of 2018.
Per a report by venturebeat.com, the result is significant because the company provided a wide estimate range in the range last quarter, predicting revenues between $85.5 and $89.5 billion.
These numbers were higher than its famously troubled pre-holiday performance but potentially either falling short or exceeding the 2018 holiday season.
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