Francois Hollande 'achieves Mali objectives'
15 January 2013 Last updated at 10:19 GMT
President Francois Hollande says more French troops are to be deployed in Mali to support the 750 in the country countering an Islamist insurgency.
Speaking during a visit to the French regional military base known as Peace Camp in Abu Dhabi, Mr Hollande said new air strikes overnight had "achieved their goal".
One target was the town of Diabaly, which rebels captured on Monday.