- Sputnik International, 1920
Get the latest Africa news from Sputnik: breaking news, photos, videos, analysis, and features.

End of Barkhane: Paris ‘Wants to Change Strategy to Continue to Occupy Us Illegally’

© AP Photo / Jerome DelayFrench Barkhane force soldiers who wrapped up a four-month tour of duty in the Sahel leave their base in Gao, Mali, June 9, 2021.
French Barkhane force soldiers who wrapped up a four-month tour of duty in the Sahel leave their base in Gao, Mali, June 9, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.11.2022
France will not leave the Sahel because it is trying to survive as a power among the great nations, analysts who consider Operation Barkhane a “failure” told Sputnik.
The end of Operation Barkhane does not mean the withdrawal of French military bases from the Sahel. Paris wants to change its strategy "to continue to occupy us illegally and exploit our resources," Maïkoul Zodi, a Nigerien activist and local coordinator of the Tournons La Page movement, told Sputnik.
"French troops will continue to stay in the Sahel but with a new name or else [...] they will be transferred to the multinational Takuba task force. We expect nothing from Macron's announced exit. France will not leave the Sahel because it is playing for its survival as a power among the great nations," Zodi said.
He called for fighting “these imperialist and occult forces that bereave our people every day and plunder our resources.”
‘Logic of War of Influence’
According to Dr. Daouda Kinda, a Malian expert on international security, Emmanuel Macron's remarks on the termination of the operation and a new French strategy in Africa "are part of a logic of war of influence," which has recently been accentuated by the Ukraine crisis.
France's President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on defence strategy to present the La Revue nationale strategique (RNS), a new military programming law (2024-2030), on the amphibious helicopter carrier Dixmude docked in the French Navy base of Toulon, Southern France on November 9, 2022. - Emmanuel Macron is on a one-day visit to present the major strategic challenges that France must face, in a global geopolitical grammar disrupted by the war in Ukraine. - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.11.2022
Macron Declares Operation Barkhane Over, Despite 3,000 French Troops Still in Sahel
"Now, we should, first of all, take a look at the withdrawal of forces from Operation Barkhane, which has been a failure in all respects, it should be said, and this is not to excuse the responsibility of the local armies in terms of their duty to secure the territories. But Barkhane has made many, many mistakes and consecutive blunders," said Mr. Kinda.
One of them is that the operation is too focused on the military aspect, he believes. "They forgot the economic aspect, the socio-economic development of the areas that are affected by terrorism (...). Barkhane was too focused and too monopolized by France. We remember that it was the French president who called the presidents of the Sahel to give them guidance," the Malian expert said.
According to him, this policy has been badly perceived by public opinion in the Sahel countries, particularly in Mali.
To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала