Sunday, May 22

Africa. Serial coups: France weakened in the Sahel

Coup d’etat in Burkina, tensions with the Malian junta, European reluctance, hostility of the populations… Present in the Sahelo-Saharan strip since 2013, France is undoubtedly at a turning point in its intervention. Can the agenda of Operation Barkhane be upset two months before the presidential election?

The year 2022 was to ring, for the French army deployed in the Sahel, as that of the transformation, the “resizing” of Barkhane (from 5,100 to 2,500 men), the main external operation. This OPEX was even to be renamed. But the horizon darkens for France as the coups d’état hit the member countries of the G5 Sahel: Mali, Burkina Faso and even Chad. Very quiet these…

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