France’s Protection Minister has slammed Marvel’s film “Black Panther: Wakanda Endlessly,” for what it calls a “false and deceptive illustration” of French troops.
“I strongly condemn this false and deceptive illustration of our Armed Forces,” French protection minister Sébastien Lecornu tweeted on Sunday.
Within the franchise’s second installment, which was launched in France in November 2022, the individuals of Wakanda – a fictional African nation – try to guard the nation’s sources from overseas powers. In the course of the film, a gaggle of mercenaries is caught stealing sources belonging to Wakanda.
The protection minister’s response comes after a French journalist on Saturday identified the similarities between the camouflage uniforms of these mercenaries within the film and people of the French troops who operated in Mali for nearly ten years.
“I consider and pay tribute to the 58 French troopers who died defending Mali at its request in opposition to Islamist terrorist teams,” Lecornu mentioned on Sunday on Twitter, responding to the journalist.
“Whereas all the opposite components of the movie are fictional names and locations there’s a clear designation of France. The French army is painted as being concerned in pillage of sources of the nation and naturally that’s unacceptable,” a French Protection Ministry spokesperson instructed CNN in a telephone name on Monday.
“We aren’t asking the studio to take away the film or something, alternatively it’s the position of the minister to defend the French army who have been engaged in Mali to defend the nation in opposition to terrorist teams,” the spokesperson added.
France, which is a former colonial energy, first entered the Sahel area in January 2013 at Mali’s request and launched Operation Serval, a United Nations-sanctioned floor and air operation in opposition to Islamist militants.
The mission was succeeded in August 2014 by Operation Barkhane, a broader French anti-terror initiative focusing on Islamists throughout the Sahel, together with in Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.
However the relationship between Mali and French-led forces has deteriorated for the reason that 2020 coup d’état and the next institution of a army junta in Mali, particularly after the deployment of Russian mercenary group Wagner in Mali on the finish of 2021.
French President Emmanuel Macron introduced in June 2021 that the mission would get replaced by a extra worldwide effort, and Western troops started withdrawing from Mali in February final yr although they continue to be in Burkina Faso.
CNN has reached out to Disney for remark.