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

(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.

French President Francois Hollande speaks at Independence Place in central Bamako, Mali, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.
French President Francois Hollande speaks at Independence Place in central Bamako, Mali, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.   (Thomas Martinez)
A Malian soldier walks in the street after arriving at the military base in Timbuktu, Mali, Saturday Feb. 2, 2013. French President Francois Hollande visited the fabled city for two hours.
A Malian soldier walks in the street after arriving at the military base in Timbuktu, Mali, Saturday Feb. 2, 2013. French President Francois Hollande visited the fabled city for two hours.   (Jerome Delay)
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