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Macron hosts African leaders ahead of expected Mali withdrawal

By France24
21 February 2022   |   8:33 am
We focus on the situation in Mali, where a full withdrawal of French troops fighting Islamist separatists is thought to be imminent. French President Emmanuel Macron has been meeting with African and European counterparts during a dinner in Paris. He is expected to confirm the decision to leave Mali later this week.

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