Europe Mali, one year later: France's mission accomplished – but much left to do

France's military efforts against Mali's Islamic rebels are widely regarded as successful, both in Paris and Bamako. But Mali remains mired in polarization, poverty, and corruption.

By , Staff writer

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French President François Hollande, who sent troops to Mali one year ago today to secure the west African nation from the threat of terrorists, essentially has declared the mission accomplished. This week he announced that France will reduce its troops by another third next month to some 1,600, saying, “we now have the situation in hand.”