towards downsizing

After the death of five soldiers in less than a week in Mali, France is preparing to review its system.

Against all odds, “Barkhane” wants to hold his line. In the aftermath of a new attack which cost the lives of two soldiers deployed in Mali, the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, confirmed future major strategic choices: after the surge decided in January 2020 and the sending of 600 additional soldiers , the time has come for an inflection. “We will probably have to adjust this device: a reinforcement, by definition, is temporary», She confirmed in an interview with Parisian. Almost nine years after the start of its intervention in the Sahel against jihadist groups, “Barkhane” is preparing to downsize.

The death of five soldiers in less than a week did not affect the staff. “Strategy cannot be based on such events, however tragic they may be», Assures LREM deputy Thomas Gassilloud, supporter of a progressive reduction of the format of« Barkhane ». For him, it is even the concept of this kind of operation that must be reviewed. “The

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