Reuters - Video

EDITION: U.S. | U.K. | IN

Top News

'France does not intend to remain in Mali' - Hollande

Saturday, 02 Feb, 2013 - 01:06

Feb. 2- French President Francois Hollande offers assurances that France will help restore government control in Mali, but will not remain in the country. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

A hero's welcome as French President Francois Hollande arrives in Timbuktu. Days after French and Malaian forces reclamied the city, Hollande is hailed as a libarator. His one day trip also took him to the capital city Bamako, where he offered his thanks as well as his assurances. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, FRENCH PRESIDENT, SAYING: "But I confess out of respect -- France does not intend to remain here in Mali, because it is Malians themselves who will ensure the country's independence and sovereignty. This is how I see the relationship between France and Africa, respect, democracy and transparency. " On January 11th France launched an offensive to clear northern Mali of Islamist jihadists. It's a move backed by the US and the EU. While they are providing training and support, they have ruled out sending their own ground troops.

'France does not intend to remain in Mali' - Hollande

Saturday, 02 Feb, 2013 - 01:06

Top News »

The Exchange »

Moving Pictures »