Macron to Scale back French Army Troops in Africa’s Sahel

PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday introduced the long run discount of France’s navy presence combating Islamic extremism in Africa’s Sahel area. In a information convention, Macron spoke concerning the “profound transformation” of France’s navy operation in Mali and neighboring international locations—with out giving a timeframe. France’s Operation Barkhane will formally finish, he stated, and can be changed by one other mission centered on combating Islamic extremists that depends extra on regional companions. Particulars can be unveiled on the finish of June, he stated, together with on the variety of troops France is preserving within the area. France now has greater than 5,000 troops within the Sahel. “The ultimate objective is to cut back our a number of navy deployments” within the area, he stated. “I’m saying it once more: France is in Africa solely on the request of Africans … to struggle in opposition to terrorism,” Macron added. “However the form of our presence, an operation overseas involving 5,000 troops, …