The departure of the last French soldiers from Barkhane in Mali, on

The last French soldiers present in Mali as part of Operation Barkhane have left the country and are now re-based in Niger, says the General Staff of the French armies.

In a press release, the presidency confirms that the redeployment of the French forces is effective on August 15, 2022. A rearticulation “carried out in complete transparency with the Malian armed forces and with the partners committed to our side”, confirms the Élysée. After nine years of presence, the Barkhane force is no longer present in Mali.

“France remains committed to the Sahel, the Gulf of Guinea and Lake Chad, with all partners committed to stability and the fight against terrorism,” adds the press release, in which the French presidency hails the commitment. soldiers” who fought against armed groups in Mali.

#Barkhane | This day the last soldiers from @Barkhane_OP present on Malian soil crossed the border between Mali and Niger. They came from the Gao Desert Operational Platform, now transferred to the Malian Armed Forces.

— French Army – Military Operations (@EtatMajorFR) August 15, 2022 The Élysée press release also confirms that the withdrawal from Mali “in no way diminishes the mobilization of France to free our compatriot Mr. Olivier Dubois”. The French journalist has just spent his sixteenth month in captivity. Olivier Dubois was kidnapped on April 8, 2021 in Gao while on assignment. Collaborator of Jeune Afrique, du Point and de Liberation, Olivier Dubois has since appeared in two videos explaining that he was retained by Jnim, the support group for Islam and Muslims led by Iyad Ag Ghaly and linked to Al-Qaeda.

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