Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said yesterday he felt well and would return to his West African state "in the next few days" after recuperating in Paris from a shooting accident last month.

Mr Aziz, an ally of the West in its fight against al Qaeda in Africa, was flown to France on October 14 after his government said a military patrol had fired on his convoy accidentally.

"I intend to return very soon, in the next few days," he said in Paris after meeting French President Francois Hollande.

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Rumours have abounded in the coup-prone nation since the shooting, with many questioning the official government version of events.