While officials in Paris declared they were "satisfied" with Operation Serval, as the French military intervention is codenamed, the military was also reporting unexpectedly fierce resistance in the west of the country. Le Drian said the situation was "evolving favourably", but admitted: "There remains a difficult point to the west where we have to deal with extremely well-armed groups.
The Islamists' advance on Monday came as fighter jets dropped bombs and strafed their camps and convoys.
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They are heavily armed. They are very determined.
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They are very well organised. We knew this," he said.
He said the French government had opened the "gates of hell" and "fallen into a trap much more dangerous than Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia". Hamaha, known as "Red Beard" because of his hennaed hair, added: "And it's only just started. Hamaha goaded French fighters: "Come down to earth if you are men," he said. In Bamako, where a state of emergency remains in place, there was a heavy military presence on the streets.
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Civilian trucks, vans and transport vehicles have been commandeered by the army in recent days to ferry personnel around the city. Soldiers from other African nations have been seen in Bamako, and were due to be sent north to support the Malian army, but residents in the key strategic town of Mopti said they had yet to arrive. France has been carrying out air attacks on the Islamists in the north of Mali since Friday evening in an attempt to stop the militants gaining control of the country. Paris justified the intervention on the grounds of maintaining stability in the region and reducing the risk of terrorist attacks elsewhere, including France.
About French ground troops are already in Bamako and others are expected to follow.
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French Military Intervention in Mali: Inevitable, Consensual yet Insufficient
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Abstract Purpose The purpose of this paper is to focus on circumvolutions taken by the accounting standard-setting process in French-speaking African countries which have delayed convergence toward IFRS standards and to identify how different factors shape accounting standards in a context in which post-colonial hysteresis interact with globalization.