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French president in Mali visit

There was a hero's welcome for France's President Hollande when he arrived in Timbuktu. He was visiting the desert city in Mali, after its recapture from Islamic extremists.

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French helicopters 'bombarding' rebels in Gao

A resident in the northern Malian town of Gao described France's strike on the Mali rebel stronghold as a "bombardment".

Two helicopters are bombarding the positions of the Islamists, who are trying to fight back. The planes are so fast you only hear their sound in the sky.

– Gao resident Soumaila Maiga

A spokesman for Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine said French aircraft had also attacked its positions in the smaller towns of Lere and Douentza, further south.

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