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From Washington to Algiers, Paris manoeuvres behind the scenes to keep Wagner out of Mali

French foreign minister Yves Le Drian at the UN General Assembly on 23 September.
French foreign minister Yves Le Drian at the UN General Assembly on 23 September. © John Minchillo/EPA/Pool/MaxPPP
Discreetly but insistently, France is working with its Western and African partners to prevent the junta going into partnership with Russian paramilitary group Wagner. Meanwhile, ECOWAS, egged on by Macron, is considering slapping sanctions on Mali's new leaders. [...] (1044 words)
Issue dated 06/10/2021 Reading time 5 minutes

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