France to start pulling troops from Mali next month
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said troops will continue operations in northern Mali, where he said “some terrorist havens remain.”…
“We are serving a cause defined within the United Nations’ framework … to bring the entire Malian territory under the legitimate authority of the Malian president and then the leaders who will be elected by the Malians,” Hollande said Saturday.
French troops, he said, are not in Mali to venture into politics.
“I have enough to do with French politics,” he said. “So we are at the service of a mission which was defined from the call of the Malian president and within the framework of the Security Council resolutions.”