France recalls Mali ambassador Rouyer: Diplomatic source
BAMAKO (AFP) - France has recalled its ambassador to Mali after he reportedly fell out with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, a diplomatic source in the west African nation said on Thursday.
Christian Rouyer, an outspoken advocate for the French military intervention to drive Islamist militants from northern Mali, had been in the role since 2011 but was said to be in disagreement with Fabius.
"We have just learned that the French ambassador in Bamako was recalled by his country before the end of his mission," the source said.
A Malian official at the embassy confirmed the information, saying on condition of anonymity that staff were told officially on Thursday morning.