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More French Troops in the Sahel

Tony Chafer is Professor of French and African Studies at the University of Portsmouth Read more on France’s growing problems in the Sahel   On Sunday France announced it was increasing its military presence in the Sahel by adding a further 600 troops to its 4,500-strong operation in Mali and four other countries in the region. This is in addition to the  220 extra troops for the region that Macron announced at a G5 Sahel summit which he hosted in Pau last month. The announcement came as France tries to contain a rise in violence that has increased insecurity across the region. With this announcement France is seeking to underline its regional commitment, having lost 13 of its own troops in a helicopter collision last November. Part of the reason for the increase is no doubt to keep up pressure on France’s  European allies to mobilise troops and resources in support of the French mission in the Sahel, Operation Barkhane. Paris is also putting pressure on the US not to draw down its military presence in the region, which it has indicated it wishes to do. Defence minister Florence Parly returned last week from a visit to the US where she […]

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Opération Barkhane : “Il s’agit de maintenir la violence à un niveau tolérable”, explique Michel Goya

L’historien militaire et ancien colonel Michel Goya analyse le sens de l’engagement des soldats français dans l’opération Barkhane au Mali, alors qu’un hommage national sera rendu lundi 2 décembre aux treize militaires tués dans la collision de deux hélicoptères lors d’une opération de combat. “Je suis persuadé que ce que nous faisons est utile, bien et nécessaire“, a soutenu ce mercredi 27 novembre, à l’antenne de France Inter, le chef d’état-major des armées, François Lecointre, à propos de l’opération Barkhane dans le Sahel. Ce, alors que lundi soir, 13 des 4.500 soldats engagés par la France au Mali sont morts dans la collision de deux hélicoptères lors d’une mission de combat contre des djihadistes. Michel Goya, historien militaire et ancien colonel des troupes de marine, auteur de Sous le feu – La mort comme hypothèse de travail -, analyse le sens de l’engagement de nos soldats dans ce conflit. Read more on Marianne Sent by Edouard Bustin

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