The EU wants to see more African involvement in Mali. Paris has suggested a mission of African nations, under UN leadership.
Police are searching for a man who opened fire near a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg. So far, two people have died from their injuries and at least 12 are injured.
The EU and France have increased their financial support for projects in the five Sahel states which sit on the southern rim of Africa's Sahara desert. Terrorism and lawlessness have blighted the region for years.
Famous Paris tourist spots have gone on lockdown during a fourth weekend of protests against French President Macron's policies. Police made hundreds of arrests and dozens of people were injured.
Tension came to a head in Brussels as EU leaders met to discuss pressing issues facing the bloc — Brexit being foremost among them. A discussion between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker showed how high the stakes are.
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