French President Francois Hollande
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France confirms Mali intervention

The French President, Francois Hollande, has sent troops to northern Mali to help government forces take on Islamist rebels linked to Al Qaeda.

French troops are taking part in operations against Islamists in northern Mali.

They have been sent by the French President, Francois Hollande, to help government forces take on Islamist rebels linked to Al Qaeda.

There's been heavy fighting between the Malian army and the Islamist rebels, who seized the north of the country last year.

Andrew Harding reports.

  • 11 Jan
  • From the section Africa