In October General Régis Colcombet is expected to take over as head of France's Directorate for Security and Defence Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
France's Institut des hautes études de défense nationale (IHEDN), an academic institution devoted to defence matters, will be holding its 22nd Africa forum from 12 to 18 June.
As the Barkhane convoys leave Mali one after the other, France has already begun to prepare its next steps in the Sahel.
During his visit to Madagascar, the French director of security and defence cooperation tried to breathe new life into the partnership between the two countries. Maritime projects launched by the US and Japan are also moving at a slow pace.
Paris is trying to work out how to deliver hundreds of its old armoured personnel carriers to the armies of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal and others. The EU may help finance the plan, but this is still far from certain.
As a result of France's decision to end Operation Barkhane in the Sahel, Ivory Coast will be called on to play a more important role in France's reorganised military presence in West Africa. A new defence attache is to be appointed in Abidjan to boost military cooperation between both countries.