A French soldier during an operation in northern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali. Photo: AFP A French soldier during an operation in northern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali. Photo: AFP
A French soldier during an operation in northern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali. Photo: AFP

Mali’s president urges support for foreigners battling Islamist insurgents

  • French troops entered the country in 2013 and operate alongside a 15,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping mission
  • Both sets of soldiers are deeply unpopular among Malians, who see them as incapable of providing adequate protection

Topic |   Africa
A French soldier during an operation in northern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali. Photo: AFP A French soldier during an operation in northern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali. Photo: AFP
A French soldier during an operation in northern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali. Photo: AFP
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