The French minister was furious because the image of French troops was portrayed badly in the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo/RFI
PARIS – Minister of Armed Forces French Sebastian Lecornu lashed out Marvel Studios for what he described as the film’s “fake and deceptive” portrayal of French soldiers Black Panther: Wakanda Forever .
Lecornu specifically references a scene in the film showing French soldiers raiding the base of the fictional Mali kingdom of Wakanda, where they mistreat several scientists in their attempt to steal the coveted mineral vibranium.
The soldiers are captured and taken as prisoners to a UN meeting where they are forced to kneel before the queen of Wakanda, humiliating the French Ambassador in front of the international community.
French soldiers in the film are shown wearing uniforms very similar to those worn in Operation Barkhane, France’s eight-year anti-terror operation in North Africa.
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Operation Barkhane officially ended last November, after a change of government in Mali produced a leader far less sympathetic to the West’s regional agenda, and Burkina Faso last month also ordered French troops to leave.
Lecornu implied that the scene was disrespectful to the 58 French soldiers who died defending Mali, at his request, in the presence of an Islamic terror group.
“No revisionism… should be allowed about recent French actions in Mali,” the French Defense Ministry said.
“We intervened at the request of the country itself to fight armed terrorist groups, a far cry from the story told in the film, namely that a French Army came to plunder natural resources,” the statement continued as quoted by RT, Tuesday (14/2/2023) ).
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