January 15, 2013

French Public Backs War ... for Now

Sara Miller Llana, Christian Science Monitor

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Despite the suddenness of France's military involvement in Mali, President François Hollande's decision to send troops to the troubled African nation has been well received across the French political spectrum. French politicians from nearly all the country's parties have thus far supported the campaign, which has seen early successes in stopping the southward advance of Mali’s Al Qaeda-linked rebels who seized control of the country's north in the first half of last year.

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Should Germany Help France in Mali?
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France Adopts the Bush Doctrine
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