Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron is set to visit French troops serving in Africa on Friday, a source close to the new president revealed on Tuesday.
Macron will be in Mali where close to 1,000 French soldiers are currently serving in Paris’ West African counter-terrorism force.
The source also disclosed that the first cabinet meeting for this administration would be on Thursday.
According to NAN almost half of the 12,000 French troops engaged in peacekeeping operations around the world, are serving in Africa as both military and advisory capacities.
There are three main French bases in Africa with the largest in Djibouti, while smaller forces are in Dakar, Senegal and Libreville, Gabon with the aim to promote regional security, Djibouti base allows France to exercise a measure of military influence in the Middle East.
There are also 1,500 American personnel of the Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa positioned at the former French base Le Monier since 2003 in Djibouti.