French president Emmanuel Macron has come out against Turkish president Erdogan over breaking his promise made in Berlin to refrain from interfering in the Libyan conflict. Macron referenced Turkish naval vessels spotted off the Tripoli shore, as Syrian mercenaries continue to flow to Libya to back the GNA. Macron described Turkey's moves as "detrimental to the security of all Europeans and Sahelians".
Alongside its historic colonial role in North Africa, France has long been active in the Sahel region, which borders on southern Libya, in fighting militant Islamist groups. France maintains around 4500 special forces active in the area.
World leaders committed to cease their foreign intervention last week in Berlin, including France and Turkey. While Turkey directly and openly backs the GNA, France is seen to more indirectly back Haftar and the LNA. In doing so, it has been at the forefront of the split and inconsistency that characterises the EU's policy on Libya, with Italy being seen as the most invested country backing the GNA.