France to start closing military bases in Mali by year-end: Macron

AFP , Friday 9 Jul 2021

French President Emmanuel Macron , AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron , AFP

President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that France would begin closing its bases in northern Mali before the end of the year, part of a drawdown of French troops fighting Islamist extremists in the Sahel.

"The shutdowns of these sections will start in the second half of 2021 and be completed by early 2022," Macron said during a press conference following summit talks with the leaders of five West African nations.

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