On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a major reorganization of the French military presence in the Sahel and recalled the possibility of a sharp reduction in the number of troops in the area. The DPA informed about it.
French troops left their base in Mali on June 9, 2021, after a four-month mission as part of Operation Barkhane.
France announced last week that it would temporarily stop cooperating with the Malian armed forces in joint operations until it received “guarantees” that civilians would return to the African government.
The French Ministry of Defense reacted in this way to the military coup in Mali on 24 May. Macron also warned that France would withdraw its troops if Mali converted to radical Islamism, the DPA said.
Rebellious troops detained interim President Bah N’Daw and interim Prime Minister Moctar Ouan in Mali in May, provoking outrage among the international community, including the United Nations (UN) and the European Union.
France has around 5,100 troops in the Sahel region as part of Operation Barkhane, which it is conducting in five Sahel countries in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Nigeria. They launched a mission with headquarters in Chad after France intervened in 2013 to halt the advance of jihadists in Mali.
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