I've been reading up on Operation Serval in 2013/14 Mali and from all the pictures and video footage I've seen, I only saw the F1 Famas assault rifle. Looking a bit further into things, it would appear that at least some sites mention the Army never acquired the G2.
Seems a bit strange to me so was wondering if there was a specific reason. Was the G2 designed for export-only or was the decision perhaps a political one?
The F1 is the army version and the G2 the navy version. The army did not see a need for new rifles so did not buy any, whereas navy and air force bought the G2 type rifles to replace their zoo of various 556 rifles (HK33, Manurhin manufactured SG540 various ar-15...) that had accumulated in small numbers to replace the MAS49/56 for special users like commandos and such. You can basically blame the 90ies austerites and the army had problems enough budgeting for bringing Leclerc into service for example. So a new rifle was down on the list of priorities.
With a rebuild and rebarrel to use normal brass cased cartridges the army could continue sig the FAMAS, but with the advent of attaching everything from lasers to coffeemakers on rails the army decided to introduce a new rifle. Just look at the high position of mounted scopes on FAMAS F1:
charging handle on top is taking up a lot of height.