PARIS Jan 11 Resolutions already passed by the
U.N. Security Council on Mali would permit a military
intervention by France, a French diplomatic source said on
Friday as Paris said it would support a Malian request for help.
"With the United Nations resolutions and Mali's request for
help, the legal framework for a direct intervention is already
there," the source said, after President Francois Hollande said
any military support would respect U.N. resolutions.
"We are following the situation on the ground hour by hour.
We are going to see whether this offensive continues or not.
France's assistance will depend on the situation on the ground."