France to assist Cameroon as it fights against Boko Haram

French President Francois Hollande has promised intensified military cooperation with Cameroon in the fight against Boko Haram during a visit to the West African country.

Hollande on Friday also called for international support to stop the Nigerian-based Islamic extremist group whose violence has crossed into neighboring countries, including Cameroon.

He said France will provide training, research and information from its intelligent services about Boko Haram to Cameroon, which is a part of a multinational force now fighting the group.

Cameroon is Hollande's final stop on a two-day visit to Africa, which started in Benin on Thursday. He then traveled to Angola before landing in Cameroon Friday.

Hollande spoke at a press conference with Cameroon President Paul Biya before the two met. He will leave Cameroon late Friday.