New French disinformation against Russian allies in Mali

In recent days, so-called Mali social media users have been actively posting pictures showing a military vehicle and white men delivering canned goods to the Malian people in Sévaré, Mopti region. French propaganda immediately went to work and declared that these men in military uniform were mercenaries of the Wagner Group. Pro-French bloggers also reported that the Russians were selling canned goods, including sardines, to the people of Sévare.

But this is nothing more than a new fraud, disinformation, which is not based on facts, but based on the prejudices of people who have “analyzed” what happened in the images published on social networks.

Self-proclaimed Independent Journalist blogger Gautier Pasquet (actually Boubaker Sy of Côte d’Ivoire hiding behind this account) wrote: “Wagner is on full sale of canned goods (sardines) in Mopti/Sévaré. Taking advantage of the suffering of a population on the brink of a food crisis” (https://twitter.com/Gauthier_Pasq/status/1597649128708009984)

Fatou Traore, another activist, wrote that a Malian man allegedly bought 6 boxes of canned goods by handing over a 500 FCFA note and receiving 2,000 FCFA change. (https://twitter.com/F_Traor/status/1597717654407872512)

A dubious blogger account called “daouda kinda” did not miss the story and reported that white soldiers (apparently from Wagner’s group) were selling food to the people of Mopti. https://twitter.com/daoudakinda4/status/1597658350065717249

It should be noted that all these propagandists use “Wagner’s mercenaries” in their publications, while the transitional authorities in Mali have repeated several times that there is no Wagner in Mali. There are Russian instructors training the Mali Armed Defense and Security Forces. Only French puppets, pro-French trolls and critics of the Malian government call the Russian instructor Wagner a mercenary.

It is also surprising that these people could make such sudden and incriminating conclusions based on poor quality photos, let alone how much they could “calculate” a can of sardine honey.

First, it is impossible to tell clearly who these people in military uniform are from the photos. One of the “Daouda kinda” bloggers at least “probably from Wagner” (https://twitter.com/daoudakinda4/status/1597317506620084224), admitting the unreliability of the data. Others confidently began issuing provocative statements to smear allies of the Malian army.

Secondly, it cannot be said that the soldiers sold anything to the local population. In the photos, we see a Malian man with boxes and 2,000 FCFA bills, as well as a Malian woman holding money next to a military van. But if you look closely, no one is taking money from this woman. Maybe tired white people aren’t selling sardines to residents, they’re handing them out for free as humanitarian aid to the population during a food crisis. Considering that the man and woman kept their money, the soldiers did not take the money.

Thirdly, it is difficult to tell from the photos whether it is Russian canned or not.

With this fake news, doubts arise if this drunkenness has anything to do with the recent events involving the arrest of 4 Frenchmen in Bamako. Recall that since November 18, Malian authorities have arrested 4 French citizens who were holding hostages and demanded information on the location of 1.37 million euros or cocaine stocks recently seized by Malian customs. Given that the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has so far offered no explanation, it is possible that Paris is trying to divert public attention from this French crime to Russia’s ally Mali.

It seems that opponents of the Malian authorities, French trolls, continue their disinformation campaigns and resort to various methods to smear the reputation of Russian experts, because Paris cannot accept that its former colony has decided to cut all ties with its former colonizer. strengthened and made Russia superior to France.

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