France–Mali relations

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French–Malian relations
Map indicating locations of France and Mali



France–Mali relations refers to the current and historical relations between France and Mali.

France was the former colonial overlord of Mali, then known as French Sudan, in which it ruled mainland Mali with the capital in Bamako, later became capital of newborn Republic of Mali. French rule had influenced Mali in several aspects, such as the adaption of French language as main language of Mali. Due to this, France and Mali have a strong connection.[1] Both are parts of Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.

France has an embassy in Bamako while Mali has an embassy and a consulate in Paris. There are over 120,000 Malians in France.

Recent relations[edit]

Northern Mali conflict[edit]

In response to the rise of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in 2012 following the collapse of Azawad as part of Northern Mali conflict, France deployed 4,000 troops and sent many military equipments in part of Operation Serval. France has been very cautious of Mali's situation, as Mali was a former colony of France and has ties with France.[2][3]

In 2017, President Emmanuel Macron had vowed to fight every terrorist in Mali.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "France and Mali".
  2. ^ "What Mali means for France?". Washington Post.
  3. ^ "Mali: Why France is fighting for West Africa". The Foreign Report. 6 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Macron in Mali: France will be 'uncompromising' in fight against terrorists". BBC. 19 May 2017.

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