The French President Emanuel Macron has previously threatened, during an interview with “Le Journal du Dimanche”, a French daily newspaper, after the last putsch in Mali that took place on May 24, to withdraw the forces of France if Mali drifts to radical Islamic fundamentalism after the second coup d’état within nine months.
Macron affirmed that he had conveyed a message to the leaders of West Africa to make clear that he won’t stay to support a country without either democratic legitimacy or political transition.
Macron told the French newspaper, over his visit to Rwanda and South Africa, that he said Mali’s President Bah Ndaw that the radical Islam in Mali and the French soldiery there never coexist and if matters go like this he will withdraw the French servicemen.
This had happened exactly.
After three days of these statements, France decided to suspend a joint military operation with the Malian army according to the statement issued by the Ministry of French Armed Forces.
Over that statement, Paris announced condemning the putsch.
The ministry stressed over another statement, received by Agence France-Presse (AFP), that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) set terms and red lines to explain the framework of the political transient in Mali.
Waiting for these guarantees, France has decided to suspend temporarily the joint military operations with the Malian forces and consultancy tasks offered by French experts.
Despite the last measurement taken by France, I convince that France will retreat it either over the short or long run.
The strategists observe that the international community does not put more pressure, measurements or sanctions on the military council to return power to civilians.
This weak stance towards Bamako construes the partnership that ties the Malian and French sides to confront the Jihadists in the region as Mali seen as a basic equation that can’t be passed at fighting terrorism in the Sahel region in Africa.
It looms to me, that partners of Mali do not want to expose the population to more economic and financial crises and serve the cause of terrorists who infiltrate there.
Chad poses as the best model for that.
After killing Chad’s President Idris Debi in April, the African Union and France recognize, in the name of regional security, the military council based in Ndjamena and led by the son of the late president.
Neither sanctions nor major negative reactions from the African Union or France against the military council.
Fearing the jihadists becomes the determiner of all international reactions.
This fearing is still growing, especially as the terrorists appear there in big numbers and observe soft points in the sub-Sahara African countries to introduce the practice of scorching land.
France made these above-mentioned statements for two main factors.
The first one, France seeks to show to the region’s country and the international community that she can’t confront alone the jihadists in the Sahel region where 4500 French troopers deploy there within Operation Barkhane.
Also, France plans to ask the five countries of the Sahel, that comprises Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Mauritania, a plain political commitment.
The second factor related to France’s realization of the dangers of the local trends against her in the region after six years of the continuing military presence and falling of 41 French troopers.
Jihadist violence is still up in the north of Mali and extends to the middle of the country, and to the neighboring Niger and Burkina Faso.
For example, one hundred people were murdered days ago over the bloodiest attack seen in Burkina Faso since the inception of the Jihadist violence in 2015.
Armed men attacked barracks of the collaborating forces and houses.
Security forces here and there aren’t able to defend borders adroitly or fight infiltrating of trans-countries and continents terrorist movements.
Popular religious movements like Tijaniyyah and Qadiriyya Tariqas are present there for ages in those societies for historic factors, bigot conservative trends have started beating doors of these countries in a dramatic manner as the groups and terrorist movements coming from Niger and Somalia arrived there.
These trends never seen in countries such Niger where 60% of the population are Malki Sunni Muslims.
In Burkina Faso, Muslims are Malkis and Suffis by nature.
But those countries become a pry to the terrorist organizations that consider the region as an inhabitable area to attract people.
Translated by Ahmed Moamar