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French President François Hollande meets his Malian counterpart Dioncounda Traore to discuss the armed conflict in the West African country.
France was the first country to
military assistance to Mali to help counter an offensive by Islamist rebels.
Hollande reportedly also plans to visit the desert city of Timbuktu in the north of the country, which French and Malian forces seized back from the rebels.