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The 12 advanced vessels, touted as the best of their kind in the world, cost $40 billion and are meant to keep up with regional powers like China.
France, which insists that it is not targeting individual jihadists but rather the Islamic State, seems eager to avoid the controversy surrounding extrajudicial executions, the legality and morality of which has been hotly disputed.
According to a local police source, the authorities were alerted by the father of a five-year-old girl who was reportedly molested by one of the soldiers.
France's defense minister has called for a "military liaison committee" to improve coordination between Nigeria and its neighbors in the fight against the militant group.