France's Hollande to make statement on Mali Friday

PARIS Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:42am EST

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PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande will make a statement on Mali's request for military assistance from Paris during a New Year speech to diplomats around mid-morning on Friday, a diplomatic source said.

"He will speak on this issue," the source said of Mali's request, which was also sent to the United Nations Security Council.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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