Emmanuel Macron holds a press conference on international issues on Thursday, June 10, as the G7 summit opens in the United Kingdom and a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is scheduled for Brussels, June 14. The Covid-19 pandemic, the fight against global warming and Russian and Chinese ambitions on the world stage will be at the heart of the discussions.
During this press conference, the head of state could also speak about the French military presence in the Sahel within the framework of the operation “Barkhane”, a few weeks after a second coup d’etat in eight months in Mali . In mid-February, during a summit with G5 Sahel partners (Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania), Emmanuel Macron announced that Paris did not intend to reduce “Immediately” the workforce of “Barkhane”. He had, however, outlined an exit strategy, in favor of European reinforcements ready to join them, while France has been fighting massively the jihadists in the Sahel since the beginning of 2013.
This speech by the President of the Republic also comes two days after he was slapped by a man during a trip to Tain-l’Hermitage (Drôme), in a political context, in the run-up to the elections. regional, harmful and violent.