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FRANCE: Macron Announce A Strategizing Of French Military Intervention In Africa

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced plans of a “rethink of all our (military) postures on the African continent” on the eve of Bastille Day and its traditional military parade down the Champs-Elysées.

Macron announced the reshape of the country’s armies at a reception with the army’s high command, Macron said he wanted to make changes to the structure, the procedures and the chain of command by the first half of 2023.

The operational overhaul is set to have an impact notably on the country’s involvement in the Sahel region in the wake of France’s ongoing withdrawal from Mali.

“It’s a strategic necessity because we need deployments that are less entrenched and less exposed, to build a lasting and closer cooperation with African armies and rebuild our training capabilities”, Macron told a crowd of ministers and senior officers.

The Mali deployment has been fraught with problems for France where 48 out of the 53 French soldiers deployed to West Africa died in Mali. Also, recent coups in Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso have weakened French alliances and emboldened jihadists who control large swathes of the region.

France is celebrating its national holiday, Thursday, July 14, with thousands of French and allied troops expected to march down the Champs-Elysées.

Soldiers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary are to take part in the parade in a show of unity between European allies in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

French officials head to Niger on Friday to redefine the country’s strategy to fight Islamist militants in the Sahel as thousands of troops complete a withdrawal from Mali and concerns mount over the growing threat to coastal West African states.