French president Emmanuel Macron visits the troops of France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Africa's Sahel region in Gao, northern Mali, 19 May 2017.
French president Emmanuel Macron visits the troops of France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Africa's Sahel region in Gao, northern Mali, 19 May 2017. © Christophe Petit Tesson/ POOL/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP
Ever since the demise of Operation Barkhane was announced, French diplomats and military brass have been pondering their country's next steps in the region. A strategy paper is being prepared for Emmanuel Macron. [...]
Published on 24.06.2022 at 05:00 GMT Reading time 4 minutes Paul Deutschmann, Joan Tilouine
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Release of French hostage exposes Franco-Chadian military cooperation despite diplomatic chill

It was thanks to a cooperation between the Chadian army and a French contingent from Operation Barkhane that a French-Australian hostage was released on 30 October, after being kidnapped two days earlier. The successful collaboration stands in stark contrast with the current tensions between Chad and France, triggered by N'Djamena's bloody clampdown on protests on 21 October.

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