Insubordinate France has demanded that a parliamentary debate be held on the Barkhane military operation in the Sahel, of which Emmanuel Macron has announced the end. The LFI in particular questioned the objectives of the operation and its results.
The parliamentary group La France insoumise (LFI), on the evening of June 10 called for a “parliamentary debate” on the end of the French military operation Barkhane in the Sahel, announced the same day by Emmanuel Macron.
Criticizing the “vagueness of the president’s formulations and the haste which seems to guide him”, the parliamentary group LFI stressed in a press release that “it cannot oppose the principle of an overhaul of this operation. On condition that it moves towards a withdrawal of the French army ”. He deplored the loss of life in the ranks of French soldiers and Malian civilians, as well as the cost of the operation, for an insufficient result according to him.
Do we take stock of what it was used to be so present?
“I am very worried about the stagnation in this region and above all, I continue to call for a parliamentary debate because, for the moment, the way in which the President of the Republic manages this type of intervention is completely without national debate ”, declared on 11 June Clémentine Autain, deputy and head of the LFI list for regional in Ile-de-France.
“Do we take stock of what was the use of being so present?” Did we really roll back the enemy we were trying to kill? How did the local populations take our intervention? All this must be put on the table, ”listed Clémentine Autain on Public Senate. The government must make a declaration on military programming in the National Assembly on June 22, then in the Senate, which will be followed by a vote.
8 years of engagement and 5,100 soldiers currently deployed in the Sahel
After more than eight years of massive engagement, Emmanuel Macron announced on June 10 a reduction of the French military presence in the Sahel, a measure including the closure of bases and a re-articulation of the anti-jihadist fight around an “international alliance” associating Europeans.
Aurélien Taché, ex-LREM deputy and member of the National Defense committee, reacted on June 10 on Twitter, affirming that “if Operation Barkhane in Mali was built on good intentions, it is clear that this strategy of interference, like that of the USA in Afghanistan or that of Nicolas Sarkozy in Libya, has not paid off! ”
Emmanuel Macron did not give any figures in terms of staff but spoke of a reduction in “rights of way”, that is to say the number of French bases in the region. Paris is currently deploying some 5,100 soldiers against jihadists affiliated with Daesh and Al-Qaeda, to support the weakened armies of the Sahel states which are struggling to fight them alone.