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Probably because it costs the French taxpayer a lot of money they like to see spent otherwise and because of the death of French soldiers (especially now a woman).Source: Le Point
More than half of the french (51%) are not favorable in continuing Barkhane
Thé Chadian président, Idriss Déby was killed earlier today by rebels.if true this heavy crap
Thanks Joe Cos. There was a time when the Legion was all about stages/ courses and outre mer/company tours. Best regards to all the Anciens on the forum...Legio Patria Nostra.
I received this from Ossie O. to be quite honest I knew about it from the French news. Why didn't I bother to share it with you? Because to be quite honest, I don't think that there are many people who are interested. It seems to me that most of you who join the forum are more interested in what you can get out of the legion as opposed to what you can put in.
Emmanuel Macron announces the end of Operation Barkhane in the Sahel (google translate)The announcement had leaked a few tens of minutes before it was formalized. French President Emmanuel Macron has just announced the end of the anti-jihadist operation Barkhane, especially in Mali, the scene of a new coup. This is a "profound transformation" of the French military presence in the Sahel, said the head of state during a press conference. This should be based on "an international alliance bringing together the States of the region". Consultations will be held soon with the Americans and Europeans for a result "by the end of June".
These announcements are part of the political will already outlined by the Head of State to reduce the French military presence in the area in the medium term . He advocates a “change of model”, to “allow an operation to support the armies of countries which so desire and the implementation of an international alliance focused on the fight against terrorism”. The details of these announcements should be unveiled soon, as part of the coalition for the Sahel.
“Obviously France is not intended to stay in the Sahel forever (…). It is likely that the Barkhane device should be adapted, ”declared for his part shortly before the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, traveling to Abidjan, without further details. French military engagement in the Sahel was on the menu for a Defense Council meeting on Wednesday. Paris is deploying some 5,100 soldiers against jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group and al-Qaeda, a major support for the weakened armies of the Sahel states who are struggling to fight them alone.
Ag Ghali, objective number one
In mid-February, during a summit in N'Djamena with G5 Sahel partners (Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania), the French president postponed the expected decision to initiate the withdrawal of Barkhane, while confirming an evolution "beyond the summer". He then promised "reinforced action" to "try to go and decapitate the organizations" linked to Al-Qaeda and ISIS. France has achieved tangible successes against the Islamic State in the Great Sahara (EIGS) and the organizations affiliated to Al-Qaeda grouped together within the GSIM (Support Group for Islam and Muslims), without however halting the jihadist spiral. .
Video: Emmanuel Macron announces the end of Operation Barkhane in the Sahel (Dailymotion)
With the approach of the presidential election of 2022, this long-term military effort also raises growing questions in France, while 50 soldiers have been killed in action since 2013. The head of the GSIM, Iyad Ag Ghaly, responsible for very numerous attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger , now appears to be Barkhane's priority objective. “Clearly, today, it is Iyad Ag Ghali who is the number one priority (…). For us, he is the person who must absolutely succeed in capturing, or even neutralize if it is not possible to capture him, in the coming months ”, underlined the commander of special operations, General Eric Vidaud, on June 3. on the France 24 channel.
The situation has become more complicated in recent weeks with the brutal death of President Idriss Déby in Chad, and especially the second coup d'état in nine months in Mali, the central country of Operation Barkhane. The political upheavals in Mali raise the question of the French presence all the more as some of the Malian leaders wish to start a negotiation process with certain jihadist groups, an approach to which Paris is opposed.
Appeal to Europeans
France has already announced the freezing of its joint operations with the Malian army to condemn the coup d'état and supports international pressure exerted by ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) and the Union. Africa to urge the Malian authorities to organize a transition to civilian power and elections in 2022.
Operation Barkhane has several bases in Mali, some of which could be closed in the medium term, according to two sources. By 2023, the French workforce should turn around 2,500 people according to one of these sources. Two of them also mentioned a possible summit of different European countries to discuss the future of military engagement in the Sahel. Paris is counting on the “internationalization” of the combat support effort of local, under-equipped and under-trained forces.
France is particularly counting on the rise of the group of European special forces Takuba, which it initiated and which today brings together 600 men in Mali, half of whom are French, as well as a few dozen Estonians and Czechs and nearly 140 Swedes . Italy has promised up to 200 soldiers, Denmark a hundred and several other countries, including Greece, Hungary and Serbia, have expressed their interest. But after the second coup d'état in May in Mali, France has for the time being frozen this combat support mission of the Malian armed forces.