Indian mother questions French aid for her rape-suspect husband

Pascal Mazurier is accused of raping his daughter. He denies the charge, and his lawyers say evidence was fabricated. Photo: AFP

An Indian mother whose daughter was allegedly raped by her French father has asked France's foreign ministry to explain why their diplomats are providing support for him but not the little girl.

Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 4:09am

France to leave Mali from March

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (2nd Left) meets soldiers from the third RIMA (Marine Infantry Regiment) on Tuesday in Vannes, France. Photo: AFP

French-led forces have killed hundreds of militants in fighting to reclaim northern Mali and with the rebels’ last bastion secured, France said on Tuesday it will begin withdrawing troops in March.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:02pm

Hollande says Mali terrorism forced back but 'not defeated yet'

French President Francois Hollande speaks at Independence Place in central Bamako, Mali. Photo: AP

As troops worked to secure Kidal, the last bastion of radicals who occupied the vast desert north for 10 months before the French army’s surprise intervention, Hollande told Malians it was time for Africans to take the lead but that France would not abandon them.

3 Feb 2013 - 1:36pm

French president visits Mali to cheers of support

France's President Francois Hollande arrives at the airport with Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore, after visiting the centre of Timbuktu. Photo: Reuters

French President Francois Hollande bathed in the cheers and accolades of the thousands of people of this embattled Timbuktu on Saturday, making a triumphant stop six days after French forces parachuted to liberate the fabled city from the radical Islamists occupying it.

3 Feb 2013 - 12:08am

Britain mulls sending hundreds of troops to Mali

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: Reuters

Britain is considering sending about 200 non-combat troops to help the military operation against Islamist militants in Mali, with a decision expected within days, media reports said Tuesday.

29 Jan 2013 - 11:38am

France should follow England's example, says Philippe Saint-Andre

Philippe Saint-Andre

France should follow England's example when it comes to looking after their players and not overloading the schedule, French coach Philippe Saint-Andre said.

The 45-year-old, who spent over eight years coaching in England, said the lack of time allowed for top players to develop their skills had hindered and would continue to hinder the national side.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:16am

French-led forces take control of key north Mali town, US to help refuel warplanes

Malian soldiers patrol in a street of Diabaly (400km north of the capital Bamako). Photo: AFP

The seizure of Gao, the most populated town in Mali’s northern region, was announced by the French defence ministry and confirmed by Malian security sources on Saturday.

27 Jan 2013 - 10:27am

Breakaway group 'rejects terrorism' and is ready to end Mali conflict

French soldiers aboard a US air force transport plane heading for Mali from Istres airbase, near Marseille, southern France. Photo: AP

One of the main Islamist groups occupying northern Mali split yesterday, with the breakaway faction saying it was ready for talks to end a two-week-old French-led offensive, amid growing concerns over rights abuses by government troops.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Trains, planes and automobiles come to a halt as blizzards blanket Europe

Skiers on snow-covered Montmartre near the Sacré Coeur Basilica enjoyed some of the most efficient transport in Paris yesterday. Photo: AP

Air, road and rail traffic across much of Europe suffered major disruptions yesterday as heavy snow and freezing weather gripped the continent.

22 Jan 2013 - 6:49am

Call for global support in Mali's anti-terror fight

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (right) is welcome by Ivory Coast's President and ECOWAS chairman Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan. Photo: AFP

West African leaders yesterday urged greater global involvement in Mali as they met to speed up the deployment of regional troops to support a French-backed offensive against an Islamist onslaught.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also attended the emergency summit, held in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan.

20 Jan 2013 - 4:43am

UN-backed France sends more troops to Mali

France is planning to deploy a total of 2,500 ground troops to Mali, more than three times the number sent so far to its former colony, after it secured fresh UN backing for its military action.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:30am

Islamist rebels in Mali vow to strike at 'heart of France'

A French soldier on patrol under the Eiffel Tower after the country tightened security at home. AP

Islamist forces seized control of a town in a fresh attack in Mali's government-held south yesterday and vowed to strike "at the heart" of France as it waged a fourth day of air raids against them.

A local government official reported the jihadists had seized Diabaly, about 400 kilometres north of the capital Bamako.

15 Jan 2013 - 5:21am

Strength of Islamists in rescue bid misjudged, says Jean-Yves Le Drian

Denis Allex

French troops underestimated the strength of Islamist rebels when they launched a failed bid to free an intelligence officer held hostage in Somalia, the French defence minister said.

14 Jan 2013 - 6:09am

France's Mali intervention crucial to prevent rise of jihadist state

French Mirage 2000D fighter planes. Photo: Reuters

Just as its leaders were defining a new "hands-off" strategy for Africa, France has been thrust on to the front line of one of the continent's riskiest battlefields deep in the desert of Mali.

14 Jan 2013 - 6:37am

France tightens security after Mali, Somalia action

French President Francois Hollande France “has to take all necessary precautions” in the face of a terrorist threat. Photo: EPA

France has ordered tightened security in public buildings and transport following action against radical Islamists both in Mali and Somalia, President Francois Hollande said on Saturday.

Hollande said France “has to take all necessary precautions” in the face of a terrorist threat, including “surveillance of our public buildings and our transport network”.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am