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Faced with Anti-French Sentiment, President Macron Has a Message for African Presidents

After Côte d’Ivoire where he was on a 48-hour visit since December 20, French President Emmanuel Macron then headed for the Sahel countries where he has been playing the cards of anti-terrorism since 2012. There Down there, he realized a supposed regression of France in the hearts of certain populations of the Sahel.

In Niamey in Niger, for example, Emmanuel Macron was received this Monday, December 22, by President Mahamadou Issoufou. He collected himself at the graves of the 71 Nigerien soldiers who died a few weeks ago during a terrorist attack in the Inates region.

At the same time, the French president was also able to realize the anti-French feelings which were very strong in countries of the Sahelo-Saharan strip.

“I see opposition movements, groups that denounce the French presence as a neo-colonial imperialist presence […] I see in too many countries thriving without clear political condemnation of anti-French feelings. I cannot accept to send our soldiers on the ground to countries where this request [for a French presence] is not clearly accepted, “he declared alongside his Nigerian counterpart Mahamadou Issoufou. Upstream, he specified that he was “not there to stigmatize this or that [country]”.

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According to a security source cited by AFP, Emmanuel Macron thus implicitly targeted two leaders in particular. “When he talks about clarification, President Macron is targeting IBK [Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president] and [Burkinabé president Roch Marc Christian] Kaboré”.

For the time being, a source close to the White House warns that the French president would have in his sights, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, the presidents of Mali and Burkina Faso. The latter are the two countries strongly concerned by the disturbing anti-French demonstrations.

Note that a summit scheduled for January 13, in Pau between Emmanuel and the 5 countries of the G5 Sahel will locate all the parties.

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