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Jean-Yves Le Drian
While French military forces hold the airport of Kidal in the northeast, sandstorms delayed their operations to take control of the last major rebel-held city, France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (pictured) said today. Kidal is under the control of Touareg forces who have broken with their former Islamist militant allies and have made peace overtures to the French and Malian government.
Drian suggested that ethnic Touaregs in Mali's northern regions should have some autonomy, while saying France doesn't want to "dictate" the nation's constitutional settlement.