On August 15, the last French soldier left Malian territory after six months of gradual disengagement. An unprecedented logistics undertaking for the thousands of French soldiers deployed in Mali.
When they were a little more of 5,000 at the height of the deployment after the Pau summit in 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron had announced, as early as 2021, his intention to reduce the airfoil of what was then France’s largest external operation, aiming to reduce half of the workforce by 2023. The total disengagement will finally be announced in February 2022, precipitated by the profound deterioration of relations between Paris and Bamako following the two Malian coups of August 2020 and May 2021.
Mali: volleyball and picot beds, France has just left the Timbuktu base
This Wednesday, November 9, during a trip to Toulon and the presentation of his “strategic national review”, Emmanuel Macron “formalized the end of Operation Barkhane”. An essentially cosmetic announcement, three months after the end of the French disengagement from Mali. But which allowed the French president to discuss the future of military aid from Paris to the Sahel.