Why French troops have moved into Mali

The French troops are welcomed into Mali (photo:dpa)
The French troops are welcomed into Mali (photo:dpa)

French President Francois Hollande moved swiftly to place troops in Mali to stop northern jihadist terrorists threatening the capital and controlling the country. His action ran counter to his earlier claims that France would not intervene. But France may have strong geopolitical reasons for the intervention, but the war is risky.

FRENCH President Francois Hollande said at different times: ‘France will not be the policeman of Africa……In no event will France intervene in Mali’.

Months later, on January 11, 2013, he sent troops and warplanes into the Mali crisis in Operation Serval.

The president saw a need for immediate intervention becau...

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