France officially declares end to military mission in Mali after nine years,

French President Emmanuel Macron has officially declared the end of the Barkhane anti-terrorism mission in Mali after the last French soldiers left the West African country in August.

After the nine-year mission, France will continue its involvement in the Sahel but will change its strategy, Macron said on Wednesday in Toulon in the south of France.

France wants to focus on temporary missions based on a broad partnership instead of missions without a time frame, he said.

Tensions in Mali had led to the end of the Barkhane mission. Läs artikel