Why tensions with Mali could soon lead to France withdrawing its troops

International — Analysis

On Monday January 31st the military-civilian junta running Mali told France's ambassador to leave the country in a further escalation of the tension that has developed between the two nations in recent months. As Rémi Carayol observes, the next stage in the bitter war of words could be an announcement from Paris that France's military forces in the African country will be withdrawn.

Mali expels French ambassador after minister's 'outrageous' comments

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Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian last week said the Mali junta was "illegitimate" and "out of control".

French minister accuses Russian mercenaries of ‘despoiling’ Mali

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Tensions have increased between Paris and the country’s military junta in recent weeks, including over the fate of European forces deployed in the region to fight jihadists.

Gaddafi spokesman says UK, French mercenaries caught

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Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists claim capture of 17 mercenaries, including British and French, in what would be a severe blow to Libya's new rulers.