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Can Macron's new Sahel strategy work?

Rising hostility to Paris embarrasses regional governments as they seek French help to halt the southward spread of jihadist violence

It must have been with private relief that President Emmanuel Macron greeted England's 3-0 defeat of Senegal in the FIFA World Cup, thus sparing Les Bleus from a next-round clash w...


Bang go the reforms

The credibility of the regime's bid for wider legitimacy is in tatters after it emerged on 5 December that a military court had sentenced 262 of those detained after demonstrations...


Bamako's wolf warrior diplomacy backfires

Foreign Minister Diop's attacks on France and peacekeepers meets sceptical silence at UN Security Council

After accusing France of supporting Islamist militia groups at a UN Security Council meeting on 18 October, Bamako's foreign minister Abdoulaye Diop dialled down the rhetoric five ...


Macronisme on trial – at home and abroad

African activists and politicians offer mixed reviews of President Macron's record but agree that his closest rival would be disastrous for them

Emmanuel Macron, who has been called France's 'first post-colonial president', is bidding for re-election after a first term in which colonial history cast a long shadow on policie...


Sectarian killings surge as French troops leave

Civilians are targeted by national soldiers, Islamists and Russian mercenaries but Bamako's military rulers are determined to end the western security presence

The Commanders of Opération Barkhane and the European Special Forces' Takuba have begun to plan for their withdrawal from Mali. Earlier this month, Barkhane's French command...


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Turning up the heat on the junta

Paris and Brussels are sanctioning Bamako's colonels and restructuring their anti–jihadist defence mission in the Sahel

The European Union's chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, announced sanctions on Mali's military leaders in line with measures already taken by the Economic Community of West African Sta...

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Macron pushes the EU into Africa

The French President wants Brussels to recast its ties with Africa and adopt his policies on security and development

Facing a tough re-election race in April, President Emmanuel Macron is trying to reassure French voters that he's serious on migration and security. With fortuitous timing for Macr...


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