In Africa, several voices have risen to denounce the actions of France in the continent. A hostility that ended up provoking Macron’s anger against the heads of state, especially the G5 Sahel.
« I can not, nor do I want to have, French soldiers on any Sahelian soil, while the ambiguity persists with regard to anti-French movements, sometimes carried by politicians. ‘clarity, there are heads of state and government who owe us clarity’. Thus speaks the French President, in a dry tone, to his counterparts Mauritanian, Malian, Burkinabé, Nigerien and Chadian.
Created in February 2014, the G5 Sahel is still struggling to fight effectively against the terrorism that is rampant in the area. This, despite the « support » and the permanent presence of French forces on theaters of operation.
« 4,500 French soldiers and a few thousand international soldiers to secure three million square kilometers is a mission impossible, we see it every day, » says Jean-Vincent Brisset, former French Air Brigade General.
Far from these scientific and technical considerations, some personalities draw the consequences and demand, unequivocally, the departure of France.
« But how can she understand that she (France) says that she wants to fight al-Qaeda in Mali and it is she who composes with Al Qaida to reduce Gaddafi? », Questioned, the Malian political leader, Dr Oumar Mariko, in 2012, already.
Suspicions and accusations against the former colonizer are thus established. They are unchecked by opinion leaders adulated by the masses in Africa. The famous Malian singer Salif Keita is one of them and does not hide it.
« You do not know that France is financing our enemies against our children? », He told Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, through a video posted on his Facebook page.
« Down with France ?! », « Barkhane off ?! »
Better still, on November 15, during a demonstration organized in Bamako, in support of the Malian armed forces, the slogans chanted against France testify to the weariness of the Malians against these soldiers considered formerly as saviors. « Down with France ?! », « Barkhane releases ?! », « Stop the French genocide in Mali ?! », could you read on the signs.
More radical, the activist Kémi Séba adds: « each of us should have a patriotic dimension to say to France, clear of our territory ».
Like Kémi Séba, a lot of voices have been shown in this register. Mamadou Koulibaly, author of the book « The war of France against Ivory Coast », the Beninese singer Angélique Kidjio, the Ivorian singer Tiken Jah FaKoly, Smockey of Burkina Faso, Guy Marius Sagna of Senegal among others.
Now the question is how the G5 Presidents will react to Emmanuel Macron’s harsh declaration. But for the moment, no answer before December 16, date, the 5 African leaders are summoned to Pau, in southern France, by Macron.