French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged a mistake made by his country in its relations with the Sahel region, stressing that Paris’s military intervention in Libya during the February Revolution was a mistake, which led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.
Macron said at the end of his participation on the last day of the African-French summit: that his country did not respect the sovereignty of any people, and that what is happening in the Sahel region is only a result of what was done in Libya, this intervention during which France forgot the existence of the African Union.
Macron has given the Libyan file a wide range of interests, since he assumed the presidency of France, and was able, on his personal initiative, to gather Khalifa Haftar and Fayez Al-Sarraj on July 28, 2017 in Paris to agree to organize legislative elections within a year of its date, but they failed due to the armed conflict. and the persistence of political division.
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy had decided to intervene militarily in Libya the day after the Security Council issued a resolution on March 17, 2011 authorizing the use of force against forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi to protect civilians, and a military operation called “Harmatatan” was launched on March 19 of the same year, and it continued until At the end of the month, before NATO forces took over the military missions in Libya.