Hollande mobbed by joyful crowds in Mali


Ecstatic crowds greeted the French President as he visited Timbuktu and Bamako with his ministers for defence, foreign affairs and development.

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Malians chanting "Thank you, France!" mobbed President Francois Hollande on Saturday as he visited the desert city of Timbuktu, retaken from Islamist rebels, and pledged France's sustained support for Mali to expel jihadists, reports Reuters.