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France, Africa seeks support for regional Mali force

A French soldier drinks water following a visit by Mali's Prime Minster Django Cissoko at the Mali air force base near Bamako January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier drinks water following a visit by Mali's Prime Minster Django Cissoko at the Mali air force base near Bamako January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier drinks water following a visit by Mali's Prime Minster Django Cissoko at the Mali air force base near Bamako January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A French soldier relaxes in a hammock at the Mali air force base near Bamako January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier relaxes in a hammock at the Mali air force base near Bamako January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier relaxes in a hammock at the Mali air force base near Bamako January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A French soldier removes a machine gun from a Puma helicopter at the Mali air force base near Bamako January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier removes a machine gun from a Puma helicopter at the Mali air force base near Bamako January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier removes a machine gun from a Puma helicopter at the Mali air force base near Bamako January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Nigerian soldiers walk at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Nigerian soldiers walk at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Nigerian soldiers walk at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A Nigerian soldier uses a machete to clean an area to cook at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Nigerian soldier uses a machete to clean an area to cook at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Nigerian soldier uses a machete to clean an area to cook at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Malian soldiers greet each other in Niono January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers greet each other in Niono January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers greet each other in Niono January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Malian Corporal Sanogo sits in front of a pickup truck in Niono January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian Corporal Sanogo sits in front of a pickup truck in Niono January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian Corporal Sanogo sits in front of a pickup truck in Niono January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Malian Corporal Diaby rests in the back of a pickup truck in Niono January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian Corporal Diaby rests in the back of a pickup truck in Niono January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian Corporal Diaby rests in the back of a pickup truck in Niono January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Malian soldiers drive a pickup truck past other vehicles stationed in Niono January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers drive a pickup truck past other vehicles stationed in Niono January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers drive a pickup truck past other vehicles stationed in Niono January 19, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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