Emmanuel Macron and François Lecointre, Chief of Staff of the armed forces, during the ceremony of July 14 in 2019. -
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After Toulouse in 2019 and Orleans last year, it is in Brest that the President of the Republic will go Tuesday for the traditional ceremony of wishes to the armies.
Accompanied by the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly, the Deputy Minister Geneviève Darrieussecq and the main officers of the army, Emmanuel Macron will provide an overview of the ongoing missions, particularly in the Sahel, and the major military challenges of the year during a speech at the Maritime Prefecture in the middle of the afternoon.
His visit will be particularly focused on "the excellence of training in the armed forces, carrying a Republican promise of equal opportunities and progression to merit," said the Elysee.
He will thus discuss with students, in particular foams, of the Naval Instruction Center "on their training path to operational employment in the forces".
He will then board the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Bretagne "to meet sailors in their operational environment", according to the presidency.
No announcement planned on the Sahel strategy
Emmanuel Macron will be particularly expected on France's strategy in the Sahel while questions are mounting eight years after the start of the anti-jihadist military intervention (Serval then Barkhane operations).
However, he should not make announcements on this subject in Brest according to his entourage.
The head of state is due to participate in N'Djaména in February in a summit with his counterparts from the G5 Sahel (Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad).
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According to Florence Parly, the strength of the Barkhane force will "very probably" be reduced