A spat between France and Mali governments is threatening to derail an already fragile alliance against armed groups in the Sahel.

Mali’s interim Prime Minister accused France of abandonment over its decision to reduce its military presence in the region.

French President Emmanuel Macron called the comments ‘unacceptable’ and later disparaged the Malian government’s efforts to secure parts of the country.

On Tuesday, Mali summoned France’s ambassador and expressed ‘indignation’ over Macron’s words.

Tensions between the two countries were high before the row after reports Mali was in talks to hire Russian mercenaries for security.

So what are the risks?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan

Guests:
Fabrice Pothier, Chief Strategy Officer at Rasmussen Global.

Ovigwe Eguegu, Security Analyst at Afripolitika.
Andrew Lebovich, Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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