President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is in Bamako, Mali for the 27th France-Africa Summit with more than 30 African heads of state meeting. It is the second time in less than a decade, that the West African country is hosting the summit aimed at tightening ties between Africa and France.

Discussions are expected to focus on the threat of jihadists as well as the progress of democracy but the rendezvous offers an opportunity to assess the French president’s legacy in Africa.

Four years ago, Mali looked to France to help it combat extremists in the north of the country and 4,000 French troops remain in the country and across the Sahel region.