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Le Figaro - France | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hollande showing due resolve in Mali

France's military intervention against Islamist rebels in Mali is entirely warranted, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes: "In helping Mali to prevent the Sahel zone from becoming a terrorist sanctuary, France is adopting the role cut out for it in its immediate environment. The determination which President Hollande has demonstrated in taking military action deserves praise. It makes clear that our country will not cede to Islamist blackmail and will not abandon its allies in the face of external aggression. This is about adhering to our principles without being distracted by those who ceaselessly question our intentions in Africa. In addition, the actions of our forces have been condoned by all of our partners. It would be saddening if the legitimate concerns sparked by all armed intervention were to result in the resolute action generally being called into question in our country."

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