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end of game for Operation Barkhane in Mali

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Pushed out by the ruling junta in Bamako, France and its European partners are expected to formalize their military withdrawal from Mali on Thursday morning after nine years of anti-jihadist struggle led by Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron will hold a press conference at the Élysée at 9 a.m.

  • 8:45 a.m .: With the departure of Barkhane, the option of a negotiation with the jihadists relaunched in Mali

While the withdrawal of French troops from Mali should be announced by Emmanuel Macron on Thursday morning, the Malian transitional authorities now have a free hand to negotiate directly with jihadist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda. Our explanations in this article.

  • 8:20 am: “Emmanuel Macron should announce the outlines of the departure of French troops from Mali”

“The Head of State has no choice but to agree with his European partners to draw up the framework for this withdrawal which should be announced by Emmanuel Macron”, explains our special envoy to the Élysée, Karim Hakiki. .

  • 7:55 am: “The end of Operation Barkhane leaves a great void”

In an exclusive interview with France 24 and RFI, the President of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, judged that the expected withdrawal of French and European troops from Mali “creates a vacuum” which will force the West African armies to be in front line in the fight against jihadism in the Sahel.

end of game for Operation Barkhane in Mali

  • 7:30 a.m.: D-Day for the French presence in Mali

Emmanuel Macron must hold a press conference at the Élysée on Thursday February 17 at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. GMT), in particular alongside the President of the European Council Charles Michel, to announce the decisions taken on Wednesday evening during a summit bringing together several European and African leaders.

France has been militarily present since 2013 in Mali, prey to jihadist groups which are also rampant in other Sahelian states. Paris intervened to stem the advance of radical Islamist groups threatening Bamako and then set up a vast regional anti-jihadist operation, Barkhane, deploying thousands of soldiers to fight local franchises of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State organization. .

But despite tactical victories, the ground was never truly taken over by the Malian state and its armed forces.

With AFP

France 24-Trans

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