France halts joint military operations with Mali over coup


France is halting joint military operations with Mali over last week’s coup in the West African country. France said the suspension would continue until it received guarantees about a return to civilian rule in Mali. French forces have been supporting troops from Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina Faso to fight militants in the Sahel region.

On 25th May Mali’s military strongman, Col Assimi Goïta, ousted the country’s civilian President and Prime Minister. This week the West African grouping Ecowas and the African Union suspended Mali from their bodies.