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mali. The President of the Republic celebrates the victory, pays tribute to the soldiers

(credit: Dicod / French Ministry of Defence)
(credit: Dicod / French Ministry of Defence)

(BRUSSELS2) In his speech to the press, the President of the Republic François Hollande wanted to salute the victory in Mali. " There are times when you have to salute victories. Victory against terrorism, victory for democracy, victory for development »

A victory

« The jihadists have been pushed back, defeated. Mali has regained its territorial integrity. Elections were held: presidential, legislative. The state is reconstituting itself. Development aid can finally be made available. Of the 3 billion euros that had been collected internationally, 800 million euros are already and transparently used for Malians. “But François Hollande also wanted to” pay tribute “to the soldiers” who fought in extremely difficult conditions with heat whose intensity no one here can imagine".

The withdrawal continues

“This operation will be completed he warned. " It will only count on 1 soldiers in February and 600 at the end of spring. This is what a useful intervention in which France was able to be in its place. »

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).