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France rules out use of air power in Mali

2012-11-13 14:38

Paris - The French defence minister says neither France nor Europe will intervene militarily to oust al-Qaeda and its allies from northern Mali - not even through the use of air power.

Jean-Yves Le Drian provided details on France's longstanding promise not to send ground forces in support of a planned international effort led by African troops to recover the area for Mali's shaky government, adding that there would be no attacks from the air either.

Le Drian told the European American Press Club in Paris that France could provide training or intelligence for African forces.

France fears that the vast desert area under control of al-Qaeda's north African branch and its allies could become a sanctuary for terrorists to possibly plot attacks in Europe or seize Western hostages.

Comments
  • Steven - 2012-11-13 16:26

    Maybe if Mali had oil they'd reconsider

      frederick.kaczynski - 2012-11-13 18:57

      yea... especially if they where planning on trading that oil in a currency other than the thin air backed, irresponsibly printed US dollar.

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-13 21:07

    France should not hesitate to act, during Ivory coast violance they were the one in front and now they want to be back.If a situation needs they should put soldiers ont he ground and use air defence too like they did in Ivory Coast.America must too play a role must sent their troops there on the ground.

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