Cheese-eating surrender monkeys no more!
French president Francois Hollande landed in the Malian city of Timbuktu, making a triumphant stop six days after French forces parachuted in to liberate the desert city from al-Qaeda-linked militants.
The crowds cheered “Viva la France!” as the French president made his way through the streets.
The Telegraph reported:
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Extraordinary and chaotic scenes as the French president and his bodyguards was mobbed by a huge crowd of cheering Malians, but Mr Hollande warns the fight against Islamist occupiers “is not over.”
French president Francois Hollande landed in the Malian city of Timbuktu, making a triumphant stop six days after French forces parachuted in to liberate the desert city from the rule of al-Qaeda-linked militants.
Mr Hollande was welcomed by thousands of cheering citizens as he toured the city. At one point the throng of wellwishers was so large that the president’s team of bodyguards appeared momentarily overwhelmed.
“What a magnificent welcome, with cries of joy and tears of happiness. But it wasn’t addressed to me, to the President of the Republic, it was addressed to the soldiers,” Hollande said on Saturday, as he addressed French and Malian soldiers in Timbuktu,” he said.
The French launched their military operation to oust the extremists three weeks ago, and have since taken back the three main northern cities ruled by the rebels for about 10 months.