[ Flanked by the leaders of five West and Central African countries, Mr. Macron pledged to send an additional 220 French troops to the region, adding to the force of 4,500 already there. That force is under increasing criticism in some of the countries for failing to halt recurring massacres of local armies’ troops, and there have been calls for it to leave.]
Been keeping tabs on this lately, but it seems African populous not necessarily the politicians is not loving the French troops on their soil, ever since Italy publicly called out France for neo Coloniza conditions, ex the CFA Frank, where they just kept African money and loan it back to them if they need something done, with conditions and payback with interest.
Marcon threatened to pullout but the locals called his bluff now he's doubling down by staying and even increasing troops.
The complaints includes France ineffectiveness battling terrorism, BTW Nigeria recently accused France of giving aid and comfort to Boko Haram through an NGO.
Note Nigeria is not a Francophone nation.
And let this sink in for a sec. Summoned??? are you freaking kidding me... They shoulda told him to Go Summon U Mumma!!
LOL, yeah sometimes they think its back in colonial days when they can "summon" this and that negro. Unfortunately, they have some of these leaders in their pockets with debt and other strings, so they will jump. As for US help, if genuinely needed, yes. But what are the strings attached? I can easily see some under the table arrangements, where say for example, the leaders agree to cut China out of the loop on some big deals, while giving French companies preference - maybe at inflated prices. Why buy cheaper solid workhorse Russian Migs for example than can do an adequate job, when you can get French made jets at inflated "fraternal" prices? Or they have to agree to keep depositing their country's savings in French banks, meaning the bankers get all the interest, not to mention loan collateral and leverage.
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It's time they sped up this African integration thing,under an economic and military bloc,because as is outsider forces are about to recarve up Africa. Btw keep an eye to the African diaspora returnees, Ghana is making explicit moves on that, Gambia is reconsidering it's immigration laws and others are watching Ghana's success in the year of return, all in all is a tiny drop in an ocean but,still they were able to attract 1 million people from the diaspora,resulting in investments, the President of Ghana is now proposing a diaspora returnees bond..lets see how this panned out, unlike 50 plus yes ago, this my actually succeed as the right infrastructure is there. Fingers x.