The recent visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Algeria is an attempt by Paris to hold on to the economic and cultural control it once had over its former colonies.
Massive spending by states on military production and destruction is a criminal waste of resources. The priorities of humanity are the fight against inequality and poverty.
NATO’s war in Libya was its first major military operation in Africa, but it was not the first European military footprint on the continent.
Mali recently announced that it would no longer be part of the G5 Sahel. From the beginning, it was clear that the formation of the G5 Sahel was encouraged by France, and that the real focus was to be security.
Colonel Assimi Goïta, who leads the military junta, said that the agreement with the French “brought neither peace, nor security, nor reconciliation” and that the population aspires “to stop the flow of Malian blood.”
French troops have now begun to leave Mali, but they are not returning to France.