World Lead 1-Mali-a French soldier killed in an attack at mortar
Mali: The authorities protest after the overview of a French military aircraft
© RFI / Olivier FOUT An airplane from the French Operation Barkhane in Mali. (Illustration Image) The Cédéao has closed its borders with Mali as part of the sanctions of the regional institution to force Bamako to quickly organize elections. Mali responded by doing the same. But do these closures are also worth foreign military aircraft? The Malian government issued a protest after a big carrier of the French army cut off his radio to cross the Malian border and go to Gao.
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(updated with state communiqué -Major)
Paris, January 23 (Reuters) - A French soldier was killed Saturday afternoon in Mali during an attack at the mortar of the Military camp of Operation Barkhane in Gao, announced the Elysee and the army staff.
Brigadier Alexandre Martin, the 54th Hyères Artillery Regiment, was seriously injured when "several indirect shots" hit the camp on Saturday at 5 pm, said the staff in a statement released Sunday.
"It was immediately supported by the medical detachment of the Gao platform but succumbed to its injuries", specifies the press release, adding that nine other soldiers were slightly injured during the attack but that their condition "Inspire no worries".
Ousted president of Mali dies aged 76
He was forced from power in a coup last year after mass protests over security, economy and elections.Last year he suffered a minor stroke but the cause of his death was not immediately clear.
Always according to the French army, "an attack helicopter patrol was committed to intercept and neutralize terrorists at the origin of the shots."
The President of the Emmanuel Macron Republic "welcomes with respect" the memory of the mortally wounded brigadier, as well as "the courage of the military engaged in the Sahel" and expresses them "his total trust".
"It confirms France's determination to continue the fight against terrorism in the region, alongside its partners," adds a communiqué from the Elysee.
France recently expressed its concern vis-à-vis the recent developments in Mali, where mercenaries from the Russian Private Group Wagner arrived while the authorities in place since the coup of 2020 pushed back the holding of elections , initially scheduled next month, invoking the violence of Islamist insurrection.
The French forces left Timbuktu and several others of their bases in the north of the country last month as part of the reorganization of Operation Barkhane, announced last summer by Emmanuel Macron, who must result in a reduction of substantial workforce. (Benjamin mallet report)
The head of the European diplomacy asks for the return to constitutional order in Burkina Faso .
© Reuters - Johanna Geron the head of the European diplomacy warned Wednesday, January 26 that "if the constitutional order is not restored" This would have "immediate consequences on our partnership with the country". No plenary session Finally, Wednesday, January 26, in Brussels between the Foreign Ministers of the G5 Sahel countries and the European Union because of the coup d'etat in Burkina Faso. But the ministers present spoke with the leader of the European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.