France is seeking to revive ties with African countries in the Sahel and rethink its image in the region. This was stated by Jean-Marie Bockel, the special envoy of President Emmanuel Macron, who was appointed to explain Paris's new military strategy in Africa.
In an interview with Monde, he noted that it would be naive to deny the end of the era of “French Africa”. He also highlighted changes in France's approach to the region, highlighting the importance of renewing relations with African countries, including cooperation in various fields such as economics, culture, education and humanitarian assistance.
Bockel also stressed that in the field of defense and security, cooperation with African partners remains an important aspect, and that France is committed to an individual approach to training, transfer of military equipment and other aspects of cooperation.