Mali security: France warns Bamako against hiring Russian mercenaries

France's foreign minister on Tuesday criticised plans that would bring Russian mercenaries into Mali, saying such a move was "incompatible" with the French military presence in its former colony. Diplomatic and security sources have said that a deal is close between the Russian private military contractor the Wagner Group and Mali's ruling junta for the mercenaries to train the Malian military and provide protection for senior officials. FRANCE 24's International Affairs Editor Armen Georgian tells us more.