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Why is France maintaining troops in the Sahel?


On February 15 and 16, the G5 Sahel met in N’Djaména, Chad, for a two-day summit at which President Macron participated in videoconference. It was an opportunity to take stock of the crisis affecting the region. France has been involved in this for eight years now, first through Operation Serval in 2013, then, from 2014, through Operation Barkhane.

With 5,100 French soldiers currently deployed in the Sahel (fifty of whom have died since 2013), the question of the withdrawal of French forces was on the agenda. Finally, no departure was announced by Emmanuel Macron, who on the contrary affirms that no reduction in the workforce was envisaged in the immediate future. Eight years after the start of operations in the Sahel, what assessment can we draw up? Why did Emmanuel Macron choose to keep the troops there?

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