Created in the wake of the Pau Summit in January 2020, France's Sahel task force will be dissolved in its current form to be fully integrated into the foreign ministry's Africa directorate.
No date has yet been fixed for the visit to Paris planned by Djiboutian president Ismaïl Omar Guelleh for the end of January. According to our information, the French presidency is responsible for this delay.
Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce a small troop decrease in February, while behind the scenes there are several withdrawal options at play, some that would have France's Barkhane force halved by the end of 2021.
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who arrived in Tunis on 21 October to meet President Kaïs Saïed, is on the first leg of an African marathon which will take him to Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Congo.
Under pressure from the Mauritanian authorities for months, Arise Mauritanie has discreetly begun to renegotiate the concession it recently landed from President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's administration.
The president of the European Council will discuss EU support for the regional body with the heads of its five member states via videoconference on April 28.
With the Burkinabe army stretched to the limit by jihadist activity, the president has befriended a broker in defence equipment who is active throughout the sub-region.
In the run-up to the presidential election in November 2020, the president is counting on his closest allies.