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Don't mention 'the war': the semantic battle of the French campaign in Mali

January 23, 2013 | By stéphane alliès

The French ‘military intervention’ that began in Mali on January 11th is also a war of words in which the socialist government has adopted semantics akin to neo-conservative rhetoric, argues Mediapart political correspondent Stéphane Alliès, who presents here some choice examples of ministerial sleight of tongue.

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The French ‘military intervention’ that began in Mali on January 11th is also a war of words in which the socialist government has adopted the semantic flavour and colour of neo-conservative rhetoric, argues Mediapart political correspondent Stéphane Alliès, who presents here some choice examples of ministerial sleight of tongue.