Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during a joint press briefing with the Chinese prime minister at the presidential villa in Abuja on May 7, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI)
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France said on Wednesday it was boosting intelligence ties with Nigeria and sending security service agents there to tackle Boko Haram after more than 200 girls were kidnapped by the Islamist group.Hollande, during a February trip to Abuja, promised to help fight them, saying Nigeria's struggle was also that of France.French interests have already been targeted by Boko Haram.The kidnappings were among a series of attacks on French targets in West Africa since France launched a military intervention in Mali in January 2013 to oust al Qaeda Islamists who had forged links with Boko Haram.Officials in Niger, where France has based surveillance drones, have also voiced concern about infiltration by Boko Haram across the country's southern border.
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