France Advises Expats to Quit Mali, Prepares for Military Action

France’s Foreign Ministry advised French nationals to leave Mali after President Francois Hollande said he is ready to take military action in the African country.

The government also warned those planning to travel to Mali to postpone their trips, the ministry said in an advisory published on its website today.

Action could be taken quickly to halt a renewed offensive by Islamist rebels in northern Mali, Hollande said in a New Year’s greeting to ambassadors in Paris.

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