Mali's Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Burkina Faso's Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Niger's Mahamadou Issoufou, Mauritania's Mohamed Ould Ghazouani and Chad's Idriss Deby are all attending the six-way talks on Monday in the southwestern French city of Pau.
Last year, only $300 million (269 million euros) of $400 million pledged by the worldwide community in cash and material support to the Sahel was delivered, according to the French presidency.
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"I see opposition movements, groups, who denounce the French presence as a neo-colonial, imperialist", Macron said in Niger last month.
The Chinagodrar attack, coming a month after the raid in nearby Inates by fighters from an Islamic State affiliate that killed 71 soldiers, highlights the deteriorating security situation near Niger's borders with Mali and Burkina Faso.
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France has 4,500 soldiers stationed in the Europe-sized region as part of Operation Barkhane, supporting poorly equipped, impoverished local armies that in 2017 launched the joint anti-jihadist G5 Sahel force. A "joint command" will additionally be set up, meant, a French safety origin informs us, to "plan, supervise and supervise the operations of Barkhane, elements of the armies of the countries concerned, and not only those made available to the joint force. of the G5 Sahel ".
France and five regional countries, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania, have thousands of troop combat groups, some linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda.
The violence is spreading most rapidly in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, which endure routine assaults from extremist groups seeking to gain territory, analysts say, and threatens to destabilize a region with one of the youngest populations on Earth.
"France needed to raise the stakes and stage a spectacle to show that its troops are deployed at the request of the African governments", said Judd Devermont, director of the Africa programme at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.
"We will be more efficient and more agile", she said.
French troops were hailed as heroes in 2013 when their intervention helped prevent an Islamist militant push to the Malian capital Bamako. The latest deaths led to the dismissal of the Nigerien defense minister on Monday.