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France aims for wider buy-in in the Sahel

Friday, September 1, 2017

Subject

France policy in the Sahel.

Significance

Days after taking office in May, French President Emmanuel Macron flew to Gao in Mali to demonstrate his backing for the 4,000 troops deployed across the Sahel by his predecessor Francois Hollande. However, there are questions over how long France can sustain its long-term commitment of resources to the Sahel.

Impacts

  • Macron will step up pressure on Sahelian countries to strengthen governance and transparency, and to stimulate economic activity.
  • France will also focus on security and development to reduce trans-Saharan migration towards Europe.
  • Despite France's broader strategic goals, US logistical support could prove the crucial factor in operational success.
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