The anti-French sentiment in the Sahel countries begins to annoy President Emmanuel Macron. At the end of the NATO summit, the French head of state Wednesday expressed his frustration at the speech that presents his country as the main cause of the chaotic situation that prevails in this region despite the strong French military presence. Macron wants to review the clauses of the commitment of France.
« We must, in the immediate future, requalify the political framework and conditions of our intervention in the Sahel, primarily with the five African G5 Sahel countries. I expect them to clarify and formalize their demands to France and the international community. Do they want us, do they need us? I want clear and confident answers to these questions. I can not and I do not want French troops deployed on the ground in the Sahel in case of ambiguity (on the part of the authorities) « , warned Emmanuel Macron, a week after the death of 13 soldiers of the French force Barkhane in Mali in a helicopter collision.
« I need these clarifications to continue to maintain the French presence, » he insisted firmly. « It must be politically affirmed in their country in front of their public opinion. This is a necessary condition. I will draw the consequences if these conditions are not met « . « France is not there with neocolonial aims, imperialist or with economic ends. We are here for the collective security of the region and ours, « said President Macron.
« France is not there with neocolonial aims, imperialist or with economic ends. We are here for the collective security of the region and ours »
An exit that comes as the grievances against French soldiers are manifest in the region, through including protest marches. In Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, for example, many blame France for causing the deterioration of the security situation. Because despite its 4,500 soldiers present in the region, the Barkhane force deployed since 2013, seems powerless against the jihadist danger and the ethnic violence that continues to increase in these two countries.