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    French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates the birthdays of two French soldiers including Nana (22) of Mali, from the Barkhane force during a dinner at the Barkhane tactical command center in N'Djamena on December 22, 2018.

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    The Elysee palace has said in a statement that Emmanuel Macron will use his first visit to Chad to reaffirm his commitment to counterterror efforts amid 6 weeks of Yellow Vests protests in France.

    French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Chad for a two-day visit to meet with French soldiers deployed in the Sahel region under anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane. During his pre-Christmas visit to Kossei air base near Chad’s capital N’Djamena, Macron brought champagne, foie gras, and chocolate to share a holiday meal with 1,300 troops.

    French president Emmanuel Macron eats dinner with soldiers the Barkhane force at the Barkhane tactical command centre in N'Djamena on December 22, 2018.
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    French president Emmanuel Macron eats dinner with soldiers the Barkhane force at the Barkhane tactical command centre in N'Djamena on December 22, 2018.

    Macron’s personal chef reportedly travelled with him to make sure the soldiers received Christmas dinner from home despite the sweltering heat.

    READ MORE: Macron Calls for Order, Calm in Country Amid ‘Yellow Vests’ Protests

    The French president also held talks with his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby to discuss, among other issues, Operation Barkhane, led by France against jihadists in Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Niger and launched in August 2014 in order to help the governments fight terrorism.

    French president Emmanuel Macron eats dinner with soldiers the Barkhane force at the Barkhane tactical command centre in N'Djamena on December 22, 2018.
    © AFP 2019 / Ludovic MARIN
    French president Emmanuel Macron eats dinner with soldiers the Barkhane force at the Barkhane tactical command centre in N'Djamena on December 22, 2018.

    Social media users, however, didn’t appreciate the gesture, blasting him for leaving France amid ongoing yellow vests rallies against his government’s policies:

    TWEET: “This is Macron in Chad before returning to France”

    TWEET: “Resign”.

    TWEET: “There is Macron in Chad with the military while France is put to fire and sword… Will he buy the military to put them on the front of the stage in France? Eric Drouet was arrested”.

    TWEET: “Macron is in Chad while France is collapsing”.

    TWEET: “Meanwhile, Macron plays Santa, visiting our military in Chad. He promises new toys to kill and costs the taxpayers a fortune. The #Yellowvests will get nothing but crumbs.

    Speaking to the BMF TV broadcaster in Chad on Sunday, Macron called for order in France amid another wave of yellow vests rallies.

    “The time has come for order, calm and harmony to prevail in the country. Our country needs it, it needs accords, unity and sincere commitment to important common goals. It is necessary to eliminate the existing differences”.

    The Yellow Vests protests – named after the obligatory attribute of French drivers – have swept across France, starting in mid-November as demonstrations against increase in diesel taxes.

    Although the French government abandoned the planned hike, the rallies didn’t stop: they transformed into a broader movement against rising living costs and government policies, with many Frenchmen calling for Macron’s resignation.

    The protests have been marked by violent clashes between demonstrators and the police, with law enforcement officers arresting at least 220 people during Saturday’s protests.

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