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France At War: Military Intervention Launched In Mali

LE MONDE, LIBERATION, FRANCE 24 (France)

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BAMAKO - France has launched a military intervention in Mali, with President François Hollande declaring that the “terrorist groups, drug traffickers and extremists” in the northern part of the country “show a brutality that threatens us all.”

In the declaration late Friday, Hollande added that the operation would last “as long as necessary,” reports Le Monde.

The front page of French newspaper Libération on Saturday:

Mali - France at War

France is intervening in Mali at the request of Mali President Dioncounda Traore, who declared a state of emergency as the Islamist militants advanced closer to the capital of Bamako.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius confirmed that France had launched airstrikes, reports Le Monde.

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