The 23-year-old French soldier was attacked to the throat by a man with a cutter kinfe while patrolling the Paris business quarter La Défense.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes the intervention will help restore "Mali's constitutional order and territorial integrity".
The rapidity of the intervention in Mali has revealed a man capable of bold and dangerous decisions but the fallout is potentially enormous.
Socialist interior minister sparks row after accusing his conservative predecessors of bringing back terrorism after a reported surge in crime.
French police investigating 12 men in connection with a suspected Islamist terrorist gang have found bomb-making materials in a garage near Paris.
A group of Islamic radicals called 'the knights of pride' have been charged with planning terrorist actions and to kidnap a French judge.
A French public prosecutor has asked a Paris court to sentence an Algerian-born nuclear physicist to six years in prison for terrorist activities.
Three men suspected of belonging to a radical Palestinian group are sentenced to 30 years in prison for a 1988 attack on a Greek cruise ship.