French President-elect to visit military troops in Mali

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron will visit troops deployed abroad at the end of next week, most likely in Mali, a source close to Macron said on Sunday.

Former colonial power France intervened in Mali in 2013 to drive out al Qaeda-linked militants who seized northern Mali the year before.

It has since deployed more than 4,000 soldiers, known as the Barkhane force, across the region to hunt down Islamists, including about 1,000 in Mali.

Macron is set to become France’s new leader later on Sunday, replacing Socialist President Francois Hollande.

 

Zainab Sa’id