Mali: 1,400 French troops on the ground in Diabaly

The French Defence Minister said 1,400 French troops are now on the ground in the Malian town Diabaly where an operation is ongoing, Reuters reports.

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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.