France to start withdrawing Mali troops from April: Hollande

French President Francois Hollande says the country’s troops will start withdrawing from Mali as of April.

France to start withdrawing Mali troops from April: Hollande

World Bulletin / News Desk

Around 4,000 French troops have been deployed to Mali since France launched a war on the Western African country on January 11 under the pretext of halting the advance of fighters who had taken control of northern Mali, reported Press TV. 

French President Francois Hollande says the country’s troops will start withdrawing from Mali as of April.

The French war in Mali "will last through March and from April there will be a decrease in the number of French soldiers in Mali as African forces will take over supported by the Europeans," Hollande said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, according to a statement issued by Hollande's office, a sergeant from the 68th African Artillery Regiment lost his life earlier in the day in clashes with local fighters some 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the Malian city of Gao.

Around 4,000 French troops have been deployed to Mali since France launched a war on the Western African country on January 11 under the pretext of halting the advance of fighters who had taken control of northern Mali.

Last Mod: 07 Mart 2013, 10:15
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