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Vol 58 No 11

Published 26th May 2017


Mali

Mali for Macron

President Emmanuel Macron of France used his debut overseas visit to troops at the French military base in Gao to send a blunt message for two audiences. To the French electorate, which is voting in a new parliament next month, Macron was polishing his performance as commander-in-chief and emphasing that he was not letting up on terrorism, as well as looking after the 4,000 French troops deployed to Operation Barkhane. To President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who came to meet Macron at the main French base in Gao, the unusually frank message was that he needed to accelerate progress. 'It is vital today that we speed up. Our armed forces are giving their all, but we must speed up,' Macron said.

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