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Mali hails "savior" Hollande, he says fight not over

France's President Francois Hollande (2nd L) stands with Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore before placing flowers in homage to deceased Malian soldiers at the Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

France's President Francois Hollande (2nd L) stands with Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore before placing flowers in homage to deceased Malian soldiers at the Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

France's President Francois Hollande (2nd L) stands with Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore before placing flowers in homage to deceased Malian soldiers at the Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A Malian man painted in the colours of the French flag and with the words reading: "Welcome the savior Francois Hollande" poses for a picture before the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at the Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT)

A Malian man painted in the colours of the French flag and with the words reading: "Welcome the savior Francois Hollande" poses for a picture before the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at the Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali...more

A Malian man painted in the colours of the French flag and with the words reading: "Welcome the savior Francois Hollande" poses for a picture before the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at the Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT)
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France's President Francois Hollande speaks to a crowd at the Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT)

France's President Francois Hollande speaks to a crowd at the Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT)

France's President Francois Hollande speaks to a crowd at the Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT)
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Malians celebrate on their motorcycles a visit by France's President Francois Hollande in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malians celebrate on their motorcycles a visit by France's President Francois Hollande in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malians celebrate on their motorcycles a visit by France's President Francois Hollande in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A Malian man painted in the colours of the French flag and with the words reading: "Thank you France" stands next to a crowd before the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at the Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A Malian man painted in the colours of the French flag and with the words reading: "Thank you France" stands next to a crowd before the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at the Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013....more

A Malian man painted in the colours of the French flag and with the words reading: "Thank you France" stands next to a crowd before the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at the Independence Plaza in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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French President Francois Hollande (L) arrives with Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore at the Bamako airport February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool

French President Francois Hollande (L) arrives with Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore at the Bamako airport February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool

French President Francois Hollande (L) arrives with Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore at the Bamako airport February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool
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French President Francois Hollande (C) shakes hands with Malian Prime minister Django Sissoko (L) as Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (R) stands near at the Bamako airport February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool

French President Francois Hollande (C) shakes hands with Malian Prime minister Django Sissoko (L) as Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (R) stands near at the Bamako airport February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool

French President Francois Hollande (C) shakes hands with Malian Prime minister Django Sissoko (L) as Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (R) stands near at the Bamako airport February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool
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France's President Francois Hollande (C) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (R) and UNESCO general director Irina Bokova (L) visit the archives in Timbucktu where documents were burnt, as the president makes a one-day visit in Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT SOCIETY)

France's President Francois Hollande (C) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (R) and UNESCO general director Irina Bokova (L) visit the archives in Timbucktu where documents were burnt, as the president makes a one-day visit in Mali...more

France's President Francois Hollande (C) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (R) and UNESCO general director Irina Bokova (L) visit the archives in Timbucktu where documents were burnt, as the president makes a one-day visit in Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT SOCIETY)
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Caterers and security guards prepare for the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at the presidential palace in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. Malians chanting "Thank you, France!" mobbed Hollande on Saturday as he visited the desert city of Timbuktu, retaken from Islamist rebels, and pledged France's sustained support for Mali to expel jihadists. Hollande, accompanied by his ministers for defence, foreign affairs and development, was on a one-day trip to the Sahel nation to support French troops who in three weeks have ousted fighters allied with al Qaeda from Mali's main northern towns. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT)

Caterers and security guards prepare for the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at the presidential palace in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. Malians chanting "Thank you, France!" mobbed Hollande on Saturday as he visited the desert city...more

Caterers and security guards prepare for the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at the presidential palace in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. Malians chanting "Thank you, France!" mobbed Hollande on Saturday as he visited the desert city of Timbuktu, retaken from Islamist rebels, and pledged France's sustained support for Mali to expel jihadists. Hollande, accompanied by his ministers for defence, foreign affairs and development, was on a one-day trip to the Sahel nation to support French troops who in three weeks have ousted fighters allied with al Qaeda from Mali's main northern towns. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT)
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Malian soldiers arrive at the presidential palace before the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers arrive at the presidential palace before the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers arrive at the presidential palace before the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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France's Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud speaks on a mobile phone at the presidential palace in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

France's Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud speaks on a mobile phone at the presidential palace in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

France's Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud speaks on a mobile phone at the presidential palace in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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France's President Francois Hollande (on steps) and Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore (in plane doorway) arrive at the airport of Bamako, as they return from Timbuktu during his one-day trip, February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Adama Diarra

France's President Francois Hollande (on steps) and Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore (in plane doorway) arrive at the airport of Bamako, as they return from Timbuktu during his one-day trip, February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Adama Diarra

France's President Francois Hollande (on steps) and Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore (in plane doorway) arrive at the airport of Bamako, as they return from Timbuktu during his one-day trip, February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Adama Diarra
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France's President Francois Hollande (C) shakes hands as he arrives at the airport in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali, February 2, 2013. President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool

France's President Francois Hollande (C) shakes hands as he arrives at the airport in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali, February 2, 2013. President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the...more

France's President Francois Hollande (C) shakes hands as he arrives at the airport in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali, February 2, 2013. President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool
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France's President Francois Hollande (2ndR) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (C), and French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius arrive to visit the Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali, February 2, 2013. President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool

France's President Francois Hollande (2ndR) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (C), and French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius arrive to visit the Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali, February...more

France's President Francois Hollande (2ndR) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (C), and French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius arrive to visit the Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali, February 2, 2013. President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool
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France's President Francois Hollande (C) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (2ndR), and French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (C Rear) arrive at the Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali February 2, 2013. President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool

France's President Francois Hollande (C) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (2ndR), and French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (C Rear) arrive at the Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali February...more

France's President Francois Hollande (C) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (2ndR), and French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (C Rear) arrive at the Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali February 2, 2013. President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool
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Security surrounds France's President Francois Hollande (R) who is welcomed by Malians during his arrival at Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali on February 2, 2013. French President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool

Security surrounds France's President Francois Hollande (R) who is welcomed by Malians during his arrival at Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali on February 2, 2013. French President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops...more

Security surrounds France's President Francois Hollande (R) who is welcomed by Malians during his arrival at Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali on February 2, 2013. French President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool
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Security surrounds France's President Francois Hollande (C) who is welcomed by Malians during his arrival at Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali on February 2, 2013. French President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool

Security surrounds France's President Francois Hollande (C) who is welcomed by Malians during his arrival at Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali on February 2, 2013. French President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops...more

Security surrounds France's President Francois Hollande (C) who is welcomed by Malians during his arrival at Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali on February 2, 2013. French President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool
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France's President Francois Hollande (C) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (2ndL), visit the Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali, February 2, 2013. French President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool

France's President Francois Hollande (C) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (2ndL), visit the Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali, February 2, 2013. French President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to...more

France's President Francois Hollande (C) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (2ndL), visit the Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali, February 2, 2013. French President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool
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France's President Francois Hollande (5thR) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (3dR), French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (4thR) and UNESCO general director Irina Bokova (C) visit the archives where documents were burnt in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali, February 2, 2013. Islamists had torched the building housing priceless ancient manuscripts as they fled the town. French President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool

France's President Francois Hollande (5thR) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (3dR), French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (4thR) and UNESCO general director Irina Bokova (C) visit the archives where documents were burnt...more

France's President Francois Hollande (5thR) flanked by Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore (3dR), French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (4thR) and UNESCO general director Irina Bokova (C) visit the archives where documents were burnt in Timbuktu during his one-day visit in Mali, February 2, 2013. Islamists had torched the building housing priceless ancient manuscripts as they fled the town. French President Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation and he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool
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