It appears that many Malians welcome the departure of over 2.000 French Barkhne troops from the Sahel by the end of the year. In the region since 2013 — operating in Mali, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania, the unit’s presence.
While governments in the Sahel have embraced France's military help, some critics have likened their presence to a vestige of French colonial rule. As such, the unit's presence has been met with resistance from many locals.
“The departure of half of the French troops from Mali by the end of the year, I think it's good” said 25-year-old Samba Diakite, who works fixing mobile phones in a popular market in Bamako.
“If they leave, maybe people who want to fight for real, without playing politics and without exploiting our wealth, will come and help us,” he added.
On Friday, after discussions with leaders of the African countries involved,