Cheers in Timbuktu as Malian, French troops arrive
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 00:44
Jan. 29 - Residents of Timbuktu cheer and wave flags as French and Malian troops enter the town in northern Mali. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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French news channel I>Tele on Tuesday (January 29) showed pictures of inhabitants of Timbuktu rejoicing as French and Malian troops entered the northern Malian town a day earlier.
The images showed French armoured personnel carriers being cheered on by people lining the streets as they re-took control of Timbuktu from Islamist rebels that had controlled it for the last nine months.
One man held a flag on which was written 'Thank you Hollande', a gesture to France's President Francois Hollande who ordered a large-scale military intervention in Mali to prevent rebels advancing on the capital Bamako in the south.
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