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why are the French involved in Mali - i don't undertand

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Tortington Tue 29-Jan-13 10:03:16

any information greatfully recieved - not ure i understand why they have anything to do with anythng - am thinking its some old colonial type history linkage or something.

MrsMeeple Tue 29-Jan-13 10:24:22


Mali was once a French colony. France has a military presence in various bases in neighbouring countries. The president of Mali requested help from France in the current conflict.

Tortington Tue 29-Jan-13 14:42:37

thnaks so much grin

MoreBeta Tue 29-Jan-13 14:53:33

Wars are always about resources and especially energy.

I found this on a website.

France produces 85% of its electric from nuclear and hence uses approximately 10,500 tonnes of uranium each year. About 45% of that total uranium is mined in Canada and 32% is mined in Niger (a neighbor of Mali) by Areva, a company whose major stockholder is the French government.

For similar reasons, the US and other Western powers also have interest in North and West Africa - a major source of valuable light sweet crude oil. Militant Islam is seen as a threat to the control of those energy sources.

CogitoErgoSometimes Tue 29-Jan-13 16:53:55

I'm just loving all the references to Timbuktu. In my mind it's full of people in safari suits or fezes, lots of camels, bit 'Indiana Jones'...

therugratref Tue 29-Jan-13 16:57:19

The economist has an interesting analysis of the Mali situation this week. It's well worth a read.

Tortington Wed 30-Jan-13 02:15:48

thanks beta - that is ver interesting!

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