France turns the page in Operation Barkhane

France turns the page in Operation Barkhane

deviation – Nine years after the start of military intervention in the Sahel, Europe notes a divorce with the Malian Military Council.

It looked like a farewell dinner. The informal meeting organized on Wednesday evening at the Elysee gathered around the table of the main foreign players Military intervention in Mali On a simple note: the impossibility of continuing the operations of Barkhane and Tukuba, the European mission assembled by France.

At the Elysee, in addition to Emmanuel Macron, they were seated The remaining representatives of the G5 (Mauritania, Niger and Chad) and the countries of the Gulf of Guinea and the European countries participating in them tacopa. Officially, Barkhane’s end was not fully ratified before the start of the meeting. But few doubted that the decision to withdraw would eventually be announced, ending nine years of French military presence in Mali in the shadow of a brutal, enduring failure undoubtedly tactical but above all political.

“The decision was to be taken in a group setting, but all participants share the opinion that the conditions for the intervention are no longer fulfilled …

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