At the NATO Summit this week, Emmanuel Macron spoke out on the presence of French troops in the Sahel. The Patron of the Elysée conditioned Bakarne’s continued existence on an unambiguous response from the heads of state of the G5 Sahel to the rise of anti-French feelings in the Sahel.
French forces presence in Africa and particularly in Sahel is often criticised by Africans, activists, leaders of anti-French organisations and politicians. For the latter, French troops are not in the Sahel to fight terrorism, they are there, simply to plunder the subsoil of the countries concerned.
This trend has grown to the point where French President Emmanuel Macron spoke of it at the NATO Summit. Emmanuel Macron conditioned this Wednesday 4th December 2019, the continuation of the Barkhane operation on a clarification from the G5 Sahel countries (Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad) on the military presence of France in the region, where French forces are sometimes denounced as an “occupation army”.
G5 Sahel Leaders are called upon to give clear answers to Macron….
“In a very short term, we must clarify the political framework and conditions for our intervention in the Sahel with the five member states of G5 Sahel” (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Mauritania), he said before adding: “I cannot and do not want to have French soldiers in Sahel while ambiguity persists with concerning the anti-French movements”, he warned.
“I EXPECT THE FIVE COUNTRIES OF G5 SAHEL TO CLARIFY AND FORMALIZE THEIR REQUESTS FOR FRANCE AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY … DO THEY WISH OUR PRESENCE? DO they NEED US? I WANT CLEAR AND ASSUMEd ANSWERS ON THESE QUESTIONS, “HE CONCLUDED
VIDEO – Présence française au #Sahel : « J’attends les cinq pays du #G5_Sahel qu’ils clarifient et formalisent leurs demandes à l’égard de la #France et de la communauté internationale… souhaitent-ils notre présence ? Ont-ils besoin de nous? Je veux des réponses claires et assumer sur ces questions », Emmanuel Macron mercredi au Sommet de l’OTAN.Extrait de Lamine Traoré
Publiée par Radio Oméga sur Mercredi 4 décembre 2019
This statement by the French President at NATO summit comes a week after the death of 13 soldiers of French Barkhane force in Mali in a helicopter collision.