Epoch Times Africa Reports — Macron to Reduce French Military Troops in Africa’s Sahel

PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday announced the future reduction of France’s military presence fighting Islamic extremism in Africa’s Sahel region. In a news conference, Macron spoke about the “profound transformation” of France’s military operation in Mali and neighboring countries—without giving a timeframe. France’s Operation Barkhane will formally end, he said, and will be replaced by another mission focused on fighting Islamic extremists that relies more on regional partners. Details will be unveiled at the end of June, he said, including on the number of troops France is keeping in the region. France now has more than 5,000 troops in the Sahel. “The final goal is to reduce our multiple military deployments” in the region, he said. “I’m saying it again: France is in Africa only at the request of Africans … to fight against terrorism,” Macron added. “But the shape of our presence, an operation abroad involving 5,000 troops, …Africa News | The Epoch TimesRead MoreAfrica, Europe, World, Emmanuel Macron, troops, Sahel

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