France taking on Islamist gangs in Mali
“French troops, on the ground and in the air in dusty and dangerous Mali, have taken the fight to radical Islamists there, French President Francois Hollande said Friday.
‘French military forces have brought their support to the Malian forces this afternoon to fight against these terrorist elements,’ said Hollande, speaking from the Elysee Palace in Paris. ‘This operation will last as long as it is necessary. I will regularly inform the French people about its course.'”