Jean-Yves Le Drian
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Minister says French troops have been successful in Mali

Three weeks of French targeted air strikes in northern Mali have been a success France's defence minister has said.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said the jihadists had now scattered.

His comments come as the French troops continue to secure Kidal, the last town occupied by militants.

France is preparing to hand over towns it has captured to an African force, which has begun to deploy to Mali.

So far about 2,000 African soldiers, mainly from Chad and Niger, are thought to be on the ground.

  • 31 Jan 2013
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