France, Mali, Russia
Macron and Putin play game of bluff over Wagner in Mali

Emmanuel Macron receives Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, at the Palace of Versailles.
Emmanuel Macron receives Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, at the Palace of Versailles. © Julien Mattia/Le Pictorium/MaxPPP
As negotiations between the Malian junta and Wagner step up a notch, Paris is making last-ditch efforts to prevent the arrival of Russian paramilitaries in Bamako. Emmanuel Macron gave Vladimir Putin a stern warning during a phone call last month. The EU has meanwhile followed France's lead and suspended budgetary support to Mali. [...]
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