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Analysis: Mali-one African
war France could not avoid

Reuters, by Mark John & John Irish*

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Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 1/13/2013 1:53:21 PM

Paris - Just as its leaders were defining a new "hands-off" strategy for Africa, France has been thrust onto the front line of one of the continent´s riskiest battlefields deep in the desert of Mali. President Francois Hollande´s backing of air strikes to halt Islamist rebels advancing on the capital Bamako raises the threat level for eight French hostages held by al Qaeda allies in the Sahara and for the 30,000 French expatriates living in neighboring, mostly Muslim states. It could also trigger an attack on French soil. But, in what could be the biggest foreign policy decision of his

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Surprising this article mentions "Francafrique", even briefly, which is the French system of propping up African leaders in former colonies raking in billions from French business interests.

(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; editing by Anna Willard)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: The Advocate, 1/13/2013 2:19:47 PM     (No. 9114414)

The chineses and South Koreans are major export partners
99 percent Muslim
Dependent on foreign aid.
What is it the French really get out of this intervention?
It would seem their Francafrique is long past?
Their reall mistake is 5 million Muslims-many on welfare- in France itself.



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Reply 2 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 1/13/2013 2:34:13 PM     (No. 9114434)

Good points #1, especially re the 5million pop in France...as to Fracafrique, CIA reports Mali has gold, phosphates, kaolin, salt, limestone, uranium, gypsum, granite, hydropower...bauxite, iron ore, manganese, tin, and copper deposits are known but not exploited...

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ml.html

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/13/2013 2:43:55 PM     (No. 9114448)

America was never one of the great evil colonizers. We were the COLONIES as much as Africa of South America.

Barak should take it up with the French and the Brits and leave America alone.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: neanderthal, 1/13/2013 3:51:25 PM     (No. 9114520)

Too bad the crusaders didn´t drive these devils back into the Arabian Desert when they had a chance to. Now, everybody, China (yes, China), India, Russia,every country in Europe, a line all the way across Africa, and North America have to fight them or accept the treatment they have imposed on all the millions that they have subjected; daughter grabbing, blood tax, flaying, beating, em-palling (one of their favorites), maiming, raping, taxing, and daily and random terrorizing. Instead, those misguided Christian crusaders raided Constantinople. Too bad.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LanieLou, 1/13/2013 5:10:32 PM     (No. 9114607)

The French will have a shock when Obama sides with Al Qaeda... They are the military arm of The Muslim Brotherhood... and most of their arms came from Obama shipments to Libyan terrorists.

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