PARIS Jan 17 The hostage crisis in Algeria
shows that French intervention in Mali is justified, President
Francois Hollande said on Thursday.
Hollande said that events seemed to have taken a "dramatic"
turn at the remote desert gas plant but he did not yet have
enough information to allow a proper assessment of the
However, he added: "What's happening in Algeria provides
further evidence that my decision to intervene in Mali was
justified." Hollande made the remarks at the start of a speech
to business leaders.