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Macron denies Mali mission was a failure as French forces pull out

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French-led allied troops are to pull out of Mali amid disagreements with the transitional government of the country.

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French President Emmanuel Macron’s office announced in a statement that the government had obstructed the work of European and Canadian forces based in the country to combat terrorist groups operating there.

France currently has about 4,300 troops deployed across the Sahel region — over half of them in Mali — as part of its anti-jihadist Operation Barkhane, launched in 2013 following a request from Malian authorities.

It is assisted by Task Force Takuba which includes 800 soldiers from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden.

A 15,000-strong UN peacekeeping force, MISNUMA, is also based in Mali.

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Candy and her husband Marion produce 40 tonnes of coffee annually but they are prepared to scale up operations(Supplied)

The announcement, which comes at the start of a two-day summit between the European Union and the African Union, was widely expected following pressure from the Malian military junta that came to power following two coups d’état and which fanned anti-French sentiment in the West African nation.

The junta expelled the French ambassador to Mali two weeks ago, citing “hostile” statements by French officials against them. It came just days after it demanded Denmark “immediately” pull its 90 soldiers out of the country, arguing that they had arrived “without its consent”.

Western countries had also criticised the use of a private Russian militia, Wagner, reputedly close to the Kremlin

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