Mali’s decision to withdraw from the G5 Sahel was announced on the evening of May 15 in a press release from the Malian transitional authorities. Questions the fact that Mali has still not been given permission to take the rotating presidency of the organization, when this should have been the case since February last year. Maneuvering France as Bamako condemns? Is Mali not taking a risk by breaking this military alliance with its immediate neighbors? Niagalé Bagayoko, President of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN), answers questions from David Baché.