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Vol 55 No 14

Published 11th July 2014


Intervention by consent

France sees itself as a participant in the struggle against jihadism across the Sahel and Sahara but insists it will not take sides in internal conflicts between governments and local rebel groups, such as in the clash between Tuareg nationalists and the Malian army in May. This is in contrast to the position of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, when France was accused of discreetly assisting President Idriss Déby Itno to defeat Zaghawa rebel forces from eastern Chad in 2008.

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