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Recent events in Mali and France's subsequent intervention raise questions about the roots of the conflict in a state that used to be considered an example of good governance in West Africa.
As French troops continue to engage Islamist rebels in Mali, questions are being raised over how long they will stay, and the real commitment of the president to ending France's long history of interventionism on the continent.
Alastair Cameron and Jean-Pierre Maulny
This paper examines the context and implications of French reintegration into NATO, as suggested by President Sarkozy