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US News In the Sahel, the limits of Emmanuel Macron’s "at the same time"

15:22  17 february  2021
15:22  17 february  2021 Source:   lemonde.fr

Small pass of arms between Hélène Darroze and the other Top Chef jurors on the situation of women in the world of cooking

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Editorial. At the end of a summit bringing together Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad, the Head of State announced, Tuesday February 16, the maintenance of the forces of operation "Barkhane" in the region… and an “evolution” of the French presence after the summer.

Editorial of the "World". Stay in the Sahel while considering initiating a tiptoe withdrawal. Emmanuel Macron's announcements on Tuesday February 16 following the summit bringing together five countries in the region (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad) resume his well-known rhetoric of "at the same time". Far from the partial withdrawal envisaged, the President of the Republic announced "reinforced action" to "try to go and decapitate these [jihadist] organizations" and the maintenance of the 5,100 soldiers of the French operation "Barkhane". But he also spoke of "an evolution of our presence" after the summer. The most important "external operation" of the French army could be transformed into a lighter and more discreet intervention targeting the leaders of competing jihadist groups, subsidiaries of Al-Qaida and of the Islamic State organization, which control several regions of the country. Mali and are rife in Burkina Faso and Niger.

Brigitte Macron strict in the education of her children? Her little confidence

 Brigitte Macron strict in the education of her children? Her little confidence © KCS Brigitte Macron strict in the education of her children? Her little confidence While visiting Cochin hospital on February 2, Brigitte Macron unveiled a new aspect of her personality. The first lady slipped a little sentence which suggests that she did not hesitate to be more strict with her children than as a teacher. Before meeting Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Trogneux was the wife of André-Louis Auzière, a banker.

G5 Sahel: an unchanged "Barkhane" operation, but objectives rearranged

Eight years after the military intervention decided by François Hollande to prevent the Islamists from seizing power in Bamako, the results are bitter. Admittedly, the strengthening of the French troops decided just a year ago has enabled "Barkhane" to record notable military victories, including the elimination, in June 2020, of the historic leader of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, Abdelmalek Droukdel. Certainly, the cohesion and training of local armies grouped together in the G5 Sahel have progressed. As for the leaders of the states of the region, threatened by the Islamists, they are more demanding than ever.

Clear choices can no longer wait

However, the presence of jihadist groups, their roots in village communities, where they impose their "protection" and their law in conflicts between farmers and herders, are confirmed in a context where the States provide neither security nor justice. Hardly a day goes by without an armed attack, the explosion of an artisanal mine or atrocities against civilians. The region already has more than two million displaced people. The French army does not even risk itself in central Mali, where chaos is at its height. Paris further fears the spread of the terrorist nebula to the countries of the Gulf of Guinea, posing the risk of being drawn into a regional conflict.

G5 Sahel Summit: Chad sends 1,200 soldiers to the three border zone

 G5 Sahel Summit: Chad sends 1,200 soldiers to the three border zone © AFP - MICHELE CATTANI Meeting in Ndjamena on February 15 and 16, 2021, the G5 Sahel is looking at its future. The summit of heads of state of the G5 Sahel opened on Monday, February 15, extended to several other countries in the region and partners such as the European Union and Arab countries. The summit looks at the future of the body whose mission is to eradicate terrorism in this part of Africa.

“We went around the dial”: France is looking for an exit strategy for Operation “Barkhane” in the Sahel

If the option of a brutal withdrawal is to be ruled out, because it would sound like a defeat and an encouragement for the jihadists, Emmanuel Macron will not escape an in-depth reassessment of the French commitment. Its justification by the fear of a terrorist contagion affecting Europe has not been proven: for the time being, no terrorist attack in France or among its neighbors has been linked to the Sahelian events. Desirable, the handover to local armies, unprofessional, is only a medium-term outcome. As well as the reconstruction, with international support, of States capable of meeting the basic needs of the populations.

Michel Goya: "It is not certain that the French will long accept losing a soldier every month in the Sahel"

While French and African public opinions are increasingly reluctant to extend the intervention of "Barkhane" , clear choices can no longer wait. The end of the five-year term and the upcoming electoral campaign are favorable moments for a debate on French armed commitments abroad. It would be disastrous if, in the absence of a plan including the prospect of a gradual withdrawal and a political negotiation - the only way out towards lasting peace - the Sahel continued to sink into chaos, aggravating the risk of a French stalemate. .

Niger: the RFI correspondent's house vandalized and set on fire in Niamey .
© Provided by Le Parisien Le Parisien “They broke everything, they set it on fire. The house of Moussa Kaka, correspondent for Radio France Internationale (RFI) in Niger, was vandalized and partly burned down this Thursday morning in Niamey by unknown persons. The journalist escaped the attack unscathed. The firefighters were on the scene at midday. The attack on Moussa Kaka's home came amidst a tense political context linked to the second round of the presidential election held on Sunday.

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