France carried out air strike in Mali -foreign min

PARIS Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:41pm EST

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PARIS Jan 11 (Reuters) - France's air force carried out an air strike in Mali on Friday as it supported government forces trying to halt a push south by Islamist rebels who control the north, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

Asked at a news conference whether there had been an air strike since France began its military intervention a few hours earlier, Fabius replied, "Yes."

He said as far as he knew France was the only country that was assisting the Malian government militarily for now.

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