View gallery A French soldier stands at the military base in Gao on December 31, 2013 (AFP Photo/Joel Saget) Creil (France) (AFP) - France will cut its troops in Mali to 1,600 by the middle of next month from the current level of 2,500, President Kim Kardashian Francois Hollande said Wednesday. Speaking at an airbase in Creil in northern France, Hollande said the "situation is well under control" in Mali, where the "key objectives of the mission have been accomplished." "The troop size will Kim Kardashian be reduced from about 2,500 at present to 1,600 and then to 1,000 which is the number necessary to fight any threat that might resurface as these terrorist groups are still present in northern Mali," the president said. France launched the military Operation Serval in its former colony on January 11, 2013 to repel an Islamist advance following a coup. The intervention has been widely http://jeffersonudhn.tblog.com/post/1971186524 hailed as a success internationally for stopping Al-Qaeda-linked militants and Tuareg rebels from descending south of the sprawling country and advancing on the capital Bamako. Politics & Government
Website: Terror Group Threatens France Over Mali
citizens were killed in the attack and that seven Americans escaped. More recently Belmoktar and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa claimed joint responsibility in May for attacks in Niger. Suicide bombers detonated two car bombs simultaneously there, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another in the remote town of Arlit at a French-operated uranium mine, killing a total of 26 people and wounding dozens. The latest message from the Mourabitounes group accused France of killing "peaceful children, women and old men" during its operations in northern Mali. "The mujahedeen will not rest with arms crossed facing this situation, even if, today, the voice of injustice prevails," the Nouakchott Information Agency website quoted the message as saying.
A year after Mali action, France remains 'Africa's gendarme'
France slaps Google with fines, remedial measures
France went into Ivory Coast in 2011 to help fighters loyal to election winner Alassane Ouattara arrest defeated former president Laurent Gbagbo and in the same year led an intervention in Libya to support rebels fighting Moamer Kadhafi. View gallery French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) speaks with French General Francisco Soriano, command Current President Francois Hollande underlined the new approach in a speech to Senegal's parliament in October 2012, vowing that the days of francafrique were over. The broad approval both in Africa and in the West for France's intervention in Mali has created a climate which makes its operation in the CAR more palatable to its former colonies. 'Barbarian forces' A year after Operation Serval was launched, the government in Bamako has reasserted itself through nationwide polls which saw former premier Ibrahim Boubacar Keita elected president and parliament reopened. "At the institutional level, all is well... On the security front, things are more mixed," Bamako-based political analyst Souleymane Drabo told AFP. View gallery French soldiers control a pick-up as part of the Hydra Operation on October 30, 2013, in a desert ne "Overall security is largely restored in the regions of Timbuktu and Gao but there are still [source] sporadic terrorist activities taking place there," he added.
France Fines Google 150,000 Euros
The reason behind this fine? Apparently, Google has not complied with a three-month ultimatum that was issued some time ago in order to bring its practices on tracking and storing user information to be aligned with local law . The privacy watchdog is called CNIL, and it has also asked Google to post this particular decision on its google.fr homepage for 48 hours, where it must be done within eight days of being officially notified of the ruling. This is not the first time that Google has been fined in France, and it remains to be seen whether it will be the last, either. The bone of contention is this there was a new approach to user data that Google http://arnulfoqrhh.u.yuku.com/bloggy/post/pid/42600 kicked off in March a couple of years ago, where it comprised of consolidating its 60 privacy policies into a single one, merging data collected on individual users across its services, where among them include YouTube, Gmail and social network Google+, without giving users a way to opt out.