French troops are locked in a major offensive against Al Qaida in northern Mali, military sources have told RFI.
Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita cut short his visit to Paris on Tuesday because of a recent outbreak of violence in the north of his country and a protests by troops in Bamako.
Mali's new President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita started an official visit to France on Sunday despite new violence in the north of the country.
France has withdrawn around 100 soldiers from Mali, the army announced on Tuesday.
Fighting in the historic northern Mali town of Timbuktu this weekend left three Islamist fighters dead and five Malian troops wounded, the Malian army said Sunday.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was to meet Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaoré on Saturday after declaring France’s task in Mali 70 per cent accomplished.
A French jihadi fighter was to be extradited from Mali on Friday, according to Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian who said that the man is the second Islamist to be sent to France this week.
Christopher Kirkley went to the north of Mali three years ago and came back with music taken from sim cards.
RFI journalist Nick Champeaux and a journalist from French newspaper
11 of Timbuktu’s 16 mausoleums have been demolished and up to 3000 priceless manuscripts have been destroyed, since islamists took control of northern Mali in 2012.