Paris and Bamako have had tense exchanges in recent days, in the context of the announced end of Operation Barkhane in the Sahel. This military operation has not succeeded, in seven years, in ridding Mali of the terrorist threat.
After the announcement, on June 10, of the “end of the operation [militaire française] Barkhane as an external operation ”(as it had existed since 2014), the Malian Prime Minister accused Paris of having abandoned his country“ in full flight ”at the podium of the UN General Assembly, the September 25. An outing that was not to the taste of the French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly, who replied, two days later: “Wiping your feet on the blood of French soldiers is unacceptable.”
Back in video on the difficult sequence that Franco-Malian relations are currently experiencing.