Video Duration 25 minutes 15 seconds
Armed groups there continue to wage war, despite years of French military operations.
There is anger against France in West Africa over what protesters say is the flawed relationship between French armed forces and their African allies.
Two people were killed and others injured in Niger last month when protesters tried to stop a military supply convoy of more than 100 vehicles en route to Mali.
Protest organizers complain local forces are under-equipped and suffer excessive losses compared to their French allies in frequent attacks by armed groups.
Protesters say those groups, often linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda, continue to operate despite years of French military operations.
Did the military mission fail?
Presenter: Halla Mohideen
Aser Tiemtore – member of the Coalition of African Patriots of Burkina Faso
Jacques Reland – Senior Research Fellow at The Global Policy Institute
Adama Gaye – political commentator specializing in the Sahel and West Africa