FRANCE Issue dated 13/10/2020

As presidential election nears, Macron worries of risk of politicising Operation Barkhane

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (C-R) visit the troops of France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Sahel region in Gao, northern Mali, 19 May 2017.
French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (C-R) visit the troops of France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Sahel region in Gao, northern Mali, 19 May 2017. ©MAXPPP
With just over a year to go before the presidential election, and in light of the events of recent weeks, the French public is starting to take more notice of the country's military presence in the Sahel region. This is not exactly what Macron and his entourage had hoped for as the operation begins to face scrutiny from both the opposition and the majority. [...] (1674 words)
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