Hollande Visits as French Army Continues Mali Strikes
France keeps up pressure in country's north via airstrikes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 3, 2013 8:19 AM CST
French President Francois Hollande speaks at Independence Place in central Bamako, Mali, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.   (Thomas Martinez)

(Newser) – France's Defense Ministry has said the country's military forces continued aerial strikes in northern Mali, just a few hours after a visit to the country by President Francois Hollande. French troops bombarded Islamist sites in Kidal and Tessalit in northern Mali overnight yesterday into today, according to a defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The official says "(the strikes) were targeting logistical arms and fuel depots near the Algerian border." He could not confirm that the latest attacks also targeted armed Islamist training camps.

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Feb 3, 2013 7:04 PM CST
The French air strikes on the villages killed hundreds of inocent women and children and the elderly! RUTERS report , Hey Interm French Pres Hollande sause, Was this your aragant, stupid intension? Shame Shame on you.
Feb 3, 2013 8:57 AM CST
Wow-radical Christians invading a country to fight radical Islamists. Maybe the radical Christians should fix their own country before they rush off to fix others.
Feb 3, 2013 8:52 AM CST
All of Africa should be colonized & brought under the protection & influence of Western powers. Those people just aren't capable of governing themselves or creating any semblance of civilized societies.