by Cem ErtÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼r
Friday, Feb. 08, 2013 at 8:10 AM
"Alongside the Malians and the Africans, we have liberated this town. Today Timbuktu. Tomorrow Kidal. And others are still to come. You have accomplished an exceptional mission." [France's President Francois Hollande, speech delivered to French troops in Timbuktu, 2 February 2013]
Monde, 5 February 2013
is to stay in Mali for a long while
African Armies will find it difficult to take over
[caption] Malian army convoy arrives at Timbuktu on
Figaro, 4 February 2013
relishes French victory in Bamako
caption: After receiving a triumphant welcome in Mali,
[France’s President] Francois Hollande delivered a speech
which justifies French presence [in Mali] as fighting
"against terrorism" and repaying "today our debt to you".
right: An interview of the U.S. Vice-President with Le Figaro
"The United States
supports France in Mali without hesitation."
Vice-President] Joe Biden begins his tour of Europe and is due to be
hosted this morning by [France’s President] Francois
Hollande. He explains US logistic
for the military action led by France.
Journal du Dimanche, 3 February 2013
[France’s President] Francois Hollande in Mali.
• "We haven't accomplished our
• "We are very close to the
• The account of the most
important trip in President's political carrier.
caption: President Francois Hollande salutes French troops in
The person standing next to Mr Hollande is Mali's interim President
Ouest France, 3 February 2013
welcomed as a liberator in Mali
caption: [France’s] President "Papa Francois
Hollande" was warmly greeted by the crowds in Timbuktu and Bamako
The excerpts from French newspapers have been translated by Cem
caption: In [Libya's capital] Tripoli yesterday, from left:
[French philosopher] Bernard-Henri Levy, [France’s
President] Nicholas Sarkozy, [Chairman of Libya’s National
Transitional Council] Mahmoud Jibril and [UK Prime Minister] David
Mali”: The President of France hails the beginning of a
compiled by Cem Ertür
7 February 2013
it’s true: I took a grave decision on 10 January to commit
French soldiers alongside Malian soldiers. It was [in response to] the
appeal made to me by [Mali's] President Traoré. It was the
duty of France, who was acting on behalf of the international community
with the support of the European countries, in the framework of the
United Nations. Yes, we had to respond: it was important to fight,
because it was terrorism. Terrorism here in Mali, terrorism in West
Africa, terrorism everywhere. By acting in this way, France was living
up to her history, to the Republic, to human rights and therefore to
President Francois Hollande, speech delivered in Mali's capital Bamako,
2 February 2013]
the Malians and the Africans, we have liberated this town. Today
Timbuktu. Tomorrow Kidal. And others are still to come. You have
accomplished an exceptional mission."
President Francois Hollande, speech delivered to French troops in
Timbuktu, 2 February 2013]
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