Madrid to provide helicopters for EU mission in Mali
Spain plans to send part of its fleet of NH90 helicopters, made by the European manufacturer NHIndustries, to Mali in the second half of 2021.
By setting particularly short deadlines on tender calls for French army transport contracts in West Africa, France has pulled the rug from under the feet of potential competitors of the existing contractor, Bolloré group, which should thus be able to continue to provide its services.
Following the death on 5 September of two French soldiers, who were caught in the explosion of a crudely made bomb not far from Tessalit on the border between Algeria and Mali, the French army's health service is to set up a new intensive care and emergency surgery unit.
Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been trying for several weeks to bring his influence to bear on the situation in the Sahel. He is relying particularly on African Union peace and security commissioner Smaïl Chergui, who is leading an intense lobbying operation in favour of deployment of a 3,000-strong AU force in the region.