Mali: Protesters call for French troops to leave

Some demonstrators waved Russian flags and held banners calling for greater cooperation between Mali and Russia.

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Activists in Mali stage protest against French military presence in Bamako, calling for the total withdrawal of French troops from the country, reports Africanews

Some waved Russian flags and held banners calling for greater cooperation between Mali and Russia.

The demonstration organised by political fringe group 'Yerewolo Debouts sur les remparts' was relatively subdued.

Numbers were lower than organisers had hoped for after heavy rains earlier in the day.

The demonstration came as Germany's defence minister announced that 12 German troops and a soldier from another country were wounded following an attack on soldiers taking part in a United Nations mission in Mali.

"I would be so happy, like at a party, if France quit Mali today. Really. Ever since we trusted them with our security, everything has become worse." stressed Bakary Coulibaly, a local resident.

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