Mali’s junta seeks review of ‘unbalanced’ defence deal with France

Amid heightened tensions between Mali and France, Mali’s transitional authorities have asked for a review of the 2013 bilateral defence accords between Paris and Bamako. FRANCE 24 examines some of the details of the agreement and the likely impact of the latest development on the ground.  Slapped with tough sanctions that have effectively shut Mali’s … Read more

Hollande hails Mali’s late president as a proud African and a ‘man of culture’

Issued on: 16/01/2022 – 18:56Modified: 16/01/2022 – 19:06 Mali’s former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who led the West African country from 2013 until he was ousted in a coup in 2020, died at the age of 76 in the capital Bamako on Sunday, his family said. The former French president, François Hollande, paid tribute to him … Read more

In Mali, ‘France is paying the price for its own ambiguity,’ expert says

France has increased pressure on Mali’s military junta since the West African regional group ECOWAS enforced tough sanctions on the country over the weekend. With the Malian junta calling for protests on Friday against the sanctions and international pressure, particularly from Paris, the stage is set for increased tension between the two countries. FRANCE 24 discussed the implications with … Read more

Tunisia lose protest over Africa Cup of Nations match that ended too early

Issued on: 14/01/2022 – 09:54 Tunisia’s protest over their bizarre Africa Cup of Nations defeat to Mali in which the referee blew the final whistle twice before full time was thrown out on Thursday. Mali were leading Wednesday’s match 1-0 when Zambian official Janny Sikazwe signalled the end of the match after 85 minutes, then … Read more

French military plane crosses Mali in ‘clear breach’ of airspace, junta says

Issued on: 13/01/2022 – 00:15 Mali’s army-dominated government Wednesday condemned what it called a “clear breach” of its airspace by a French military aircraft this week, warning of potential consequences should such practices continue. Malian government spokesman Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga stated that a complaint had been issued to France after one of its military planes … Read more

Mali proposes five-year election delay to West African bloc

The transitional government initially agreed to hold presidential and legislative elections in February 2022 amid pressure from ECOWAS. Mali’s interim authorities have proposed to its West African neighbours that a transition back to democracy following a 2020 military coup be extended by five years, the foreign minister said in comments broadcast on Saturday. The transitional … Read more

A look back at significant events that shaped Africa in 2021

Issued on: 29/12/2021 – 19:52 From Yoweri Museveni’s re-election in Uganda to the death of Chadian president Idriss Déby and the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia, the year has been eventful for Africa. FRANCE 24 looks back at some of the news stories that shaped the continent in 2021. Yoweri Museveni re-elected in Uganda, amid fraud allegations Ugandan … Read more

Macron cancels visit to Mali after new Covid-19 measures announced

Issued on: 17/12/2021 – 21:26 French President Emmanuel Macron Friday cancelled a trip to Mali to meet transitional leader Colonel Assimi Goita after France announced new measures to battle the pandemic. Macron was to meet Goita on Monday, for the first time since the Malian colonel was sworn into office in June after leading the country’s second … Read more