April 18, 2024



Why did France resume military cooperation with Mali just one month after suspending it?


By Sandrine Amiel

France’s decision to suspend its joint military operations with Malian troops on June 3 was short-lived.

Just one month after freezing military cooperation with the West African nation, Paris announced it was reversing the move, which intended to pressure the military junta in Bamako to restore a civilian-led government after a coup.

“Following consultations with the Malian transitional authorities and the countries of the region (…) France decided to resume joint military operations as well as national advisory missions, which had been suspended since June 3,” the French Defence Ministry said in a statement, citing the terror threat as its motivation.

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