French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his country would withdraw its forces from Mali if it went towards what he called “radical Islam” after a second coup in this country within 9 months.
He explained, in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche , published on Sunday, that he told President Bah N’Daw that the survival of “radical Islam” in Mali “with the presence of our soldiers there will never happen,” stressing that “if things go in this way Direction, I’ll withdraw. “
Macron – who is visiting Rwanda and South Africa – said that he sent a message to the leaders of West African countries that he “will not stay by the side of a country where there is no longer the legitimacy of democracy or a transition process” of power.
But Paris condemned Tuesday, like the European Union, what it called an “unacceptable coup” after the arrest of President Ndau and Prime Minister Mukhtar Wan by a decision of the President of the Military Council Asimi Guetta.
On Friday, the French president arrived in South Africa from Rwanda, on a visit focused on combating the “Covid-19” epidemic and addressing the economic crisis resulting from it.