French President Emmanuel Macron opened the door this week to withdrawing some troops from Africa’s Sahel region, saying France could “adjust” its operations after successes against Islamist militants and the arrival of more European forces. This, CGTN Africa reports, after Paris last year boosted its troop numbers for its Barkhane counter-terrorism operations by 600 to 5,100 soldiers and a recent opinion poll published last week showed for the first time that the majority of French people oppose the operation in the Sahel, putting pressure on Macron to consider a bigger withdrawal before a 2022 presidential election.