Public Management

France announces reduction of Barkhane troops in the Sahel

Monday, 04 January 2021 17:51
France announces reduction of Barkhane troops in the Sahel

(Ecofin Agency) - Engaged in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel region since 2014 under the Barkhane operation, France has led many successful counter-jihadist interventions, even though the violence has also escalated in the region.

Despite this situation, the country recently announced it could soon trim its troops in the Sahel in response to the “remarkable success of its military intervention” in 2020. According to the French army minister, Florence Parly, over the past year, the Barkhane operation “has neutralized many leaders of terrorist groups and destroyed their logistics networks.”

The good performance was achieved after 600 additional soldiers were sent on the ground by the French government. That brought the total number of French soldiers in the Sahel to 5,100.  “We would probably reduce this number very soon. As you know, backup is sent temporarily,” the minister said.

According to some observers, France took the measure mainly to reduce the hundreds of millions of euros spent every year under the Barkhane operation. Others, on the other hand, are concerned about the impact this troop reduction will have on the ground.

In recent weeks, terrorist attacks have multiplied. On Saturday, January 2, 2021, 100 people were killed in two villages in western Niger. The same day, an explosive device attack killed two French soldiers of the Barkhane force in Mali.

It should be noted that this announcement comes amid the implementation of the Takuba force, which is expected to bring together several special forces from several European countries to strengthen the fight against terrorism in the Sahel.

Florence Parly said a final decision will be made at the next joint summit of France and the G5 Sahel countries in February in N'Djamena, the capital of Chad.

Moutiou Adjibi Nourou

Additional Info

  • communiques: Non
  • couleur: N/A
 
Finance


 
Telecom


Ecofin Agency covers the news from 9 business sectors in Africa: Public management, Finance, ICT, Agribusiness, Electricity, Mining, Oil and Gas, Comms and Laws. Ecofin Agency is also creating and management specialized medias, in paper and on the web/social networks, for institutions or African publishers.

AGENCE ECOFIN

Mediamania Sarl
Rue du Léman, 6
1201 Genève
Tél: +41 22 301 96 11

REDACTION
redaction@agenceecofin.com

Public management
Aaron AKINOCHO
Borgia KOBRI
Moutiou ADJIBI

Finance
Idriss LINGE
Walid KEFI
Chamberline MOKO

Agribusiness
Espoir OLODO

Electricity
Gwladys JOHNSON

Oil and Gas
Olivier DE SOUZA

Mining
Louis-Nino KANSOUN

ITC 
Muriel EDJO

Comms
Servan AHOUGNON

Cameroon
Brice R. MBODIAM
Sylvain ANDZONGO
Monique MAY
Julienne Rose SENDE

Togo
Fiacre E. KAKPO
Waliyullah TAJUDEEN
Séna AKODA

Niger
Sandrine GAINGNE

Gabon
Stephane BILLE
Pierre-Celestin ATANGANA

Desk
Stéphane ALIDJINOU
Souha TOURE
Vahid CODJIA
Diane ZODEHOUGAN
Hikmatu BILALI

Translation
Schadrac AKINOCHO
Mouka MEZONLIN
Firmine AÏZAN



Digital
Omar SOKHNA
Mamadou DIOP
Bacary MANE
Abdel Razak MOULIOM

Digital Marketing
Jérémie FLAUX
Geraud ACHI
Jean Christian BERNARD
Franck FOUTE

Web publishing
Bakoly RAHARISOA
Rina RAMANANDRAISOA
Hasina RAJEMISON

Development
Dominique FLAUX

 


 
REGIE COMMERCIALE
AGENCE ECOFIN
Rue du Léman, 6
1201 Genève
Tél: +41 22 301 96 11
Fax: +41 22 301 96 10

Benjamin FLAUX
bf@agenceecofin.com 
Tél: +41 22 301 96 11 
Mob: +41 78 699 13 72

Voir page 
Nos services
 

 










 



Ecofin Agency is a news agency for economic and sectorial information. It was created in 2010 and it website was launched in June 2011.

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.