France, The Mali Crises and Neo-Colonialism.
France, the Mali Crises and Neo-Colonialism Mali has started to reverse the decolonialisation project of its first president Modibo Keita, Kane writes [EPA] As representatives of the Malian government and various rebel groups meet in Algiers for peace talks, violence in northern Mali continues and so does the French military presence. France launched its military intervention in Mali in January 2013 with the mandate to stop an uprising of various militant groups in the north, threatening the stability and sovereignty of the country. The goal was then to free the northern part of the country from jihadist occupation, bring back peace, and restore Malian sovereignty on the whole territory. Although France's defence minister announced that the so-called "Operation Serval" had "fulfilled its mission", Mali is hardly a peaceful place today. As Mali fell into a media blackout, France announced it was reorganising its military presence into