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France faces growing problems in the Sahel

Tony Chafer is Professor of French and African Studies at the University of Portsmouth         In recent months France has faced growing hostility to its military presence in the western Sahel. There have been demonstrations, most recently in Bamako on 10 January, when the French flag was burned in the city’s main square and demonstrators called for the French forces and all foreign forces on Malian soil to leave. In response, President Macron called the presidents of the G5 Sahel countries (Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad) to a meeting in Pau this Monday 13 January, at which he hoped they would disavow such anti-French demonstrations. He even hinted that, if they did not, he could withdraw the 4,500 soldiers of France’s Operation Barkhane. No one expected him to follow through on this threat. In the event, Macron and the presidents of the G5 Sahel countries recommitted themselves to the counter-terrorism efforts in the western Sahel and agreed to form a military coalition under joint command to focus their counter-insurgency efforts. However, President Macron knows that France is losing the battle against violent extremism in the region and at the NATO summit in November last year […]

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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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