*France To Adjust Its Military Strength In Sahel Africa

French President Emmanuel Macron says France could “adjust” its operations in Africa’s Sahel region following successes against jihadist groups.

Mr Macron said the arrival of special forces from other European countries would allow France to make changes.

He made no reference to a time frame on the proposed changes, but a decision is expected to be taken at a forthcoming summit of France and G5 Sahel countries to be held in February in Chad’s capital, N’djamena.

More than 5,000 French troops have been serving as part of operation Barkhane in support of the forces of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad.

However they face a growing insurgency by jihadist groups, which have significantly stepped up their attacks in the Sahel countries since last year.

France is relying heavily on the deployment of a joint force of European troops, Takuba, whose objective is to accompany the Malian army in combat

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