In early June, the Saudi deputy defence minister Khalid bin Salman informed his counterparts at the G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad) that Saudi Arabia will be disbursing €100m in aid to the Sahelian force by 2022.
Following President Macron's announcement on 10 June of France's plans to end Operation Barkhane, the French presidency is trying to mobilise its partners regarding the situation in the Sahel. French diplomats have begun a major operation to persuade the European Union, the UN and the African Union to get more involved in the region, with a Sahel Coalition summit coming up in July and France due to take the chair of the UN Security Council on 1 July.
For the past two years, France has been pushing for greater engagement from its fellow European Union members in the Sahel region but could see these efforts scuppered by transitional president Bah N'Daw's forced resignation on 25 May.
A virtual summit on 30 November will bring together the heads of state of the G5 Sahel and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, to discuss the future of the Sahel military force, the Coalition for the Sahel, and the Takuba special forces operation.
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.