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French press hails Hollande for Mali operation

Published on Jan 14, 2013 8:30 PM

PARIS (AFP) - The French press on Monday hailed President Francois Hollande's decision to intervene in Mali, saying he had been left with little choice, but warned that France's end game was unclear.

"The French intervention in Mali was unavoidable," right-wing daily Le Figaro said in an editorial, noting that all sides of the French political spectrum had rallied around the decision.

"Abandoning Mali to the Islamists would have compromised all of West Africa and installed a haven for terrorism on the doors of Europe," it wrote.

Le Figaro said only France was in a position to intervene in Mali and that the decision was worth the increased threat of an extremist attack on French soil or abroad.

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