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No. The Malian army got a deal with Wagner, once it was clear that the French would leave without elections. They have never been able to deal with the insurgency in the North. In 2012 they were comprehensively beaten, and lost the whole of the north of the country, to a ragtag assortment of tribal militias. And promptly overthrew the elected government.

Mali is under African Union and West African regional sanctions because of those goons' refusal to schedule elections on a reasonable timetable. In those conditions, France can't stay.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 01:00:33 PM EST
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