French president to visit Mali

French President Francois Hollande in April 2012
French president Francois Hollande last year. Credit: Reuters

French president Francois Hollande will fly to Mali tonight, according to France's Liberation newspaper.

He will meet with the country's interim president in Bamako on Saturday, Reuters reports.

Hollande is due to visit the desert city of Timbuktu, which French and Malian forces seized back from Islamist rebels.

More: Timbuktu, the ancient city at the heart of the Mali conflict

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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.