The French Minister of the Armed Forces to the soldiers of Operation Barkhane in Gao. Florence Parly came to pay tribute to the 13 soldiers killed in the collusion of two helicopters Monday, according to the official version.
The incident resurrects the debate over the presence of French troops in the Sahel, whether in France or in the region.
But for the French executive, the double crash on Monday does not call into question the mission of the approximately 4,500 men of Operation Barkhane in Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger or Mauritania.
Same story in the ranks of the army. Minister Florence Parly arrived in Mali with her Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces. The tribute ceremony to the killed French soldiers took place behind closed doors.