France planning to reduce number of troops in West and Central Africa

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France says it will reduce the number of its troops in West and Central Africa as part of plans to limit its military presence in the region.
France is expected to reduce the number of soldiers in several Africa country to about a fourth of its current troop numbers.
Last year, President Emmanuel Macron announced the plans after some African nations expelled French forces from their territories.

Erwan de Cherisey is a Principal at Janes – a global open-source intelligence company specialising in military, national security, aerospace, and transport topics.
He says growing anti-French sentiment is a factor in the withdrawal.

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