From Voice of America:
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says France will accept nothing less than the "total reconquest" of Mali from Islamist militants.
Le Drian told French television Sunday that his forces "will not leave any pockets" of resistance.
. . . . The extremists seized control of northern Mali after renegade soldiers toppled the government in March, leaving a temporary power vacuum. The militants have imposed harsh conservative Islamic law across the north. France is Mali's former colonial ruler and still has economic and political interests there.
Refreshing to see such clarity as to the nature of the enemy – “Islamists” -- and the most effective strategy for dealing with jihadists: “total reconquest.”
Personally, I wish France the best. It occurred to me some time back that I had little basis for my Yankeecentric assumption that the USA was the only nation able to beat back the 21st-Century scourge of Islamic belligerence.
Why not the French? They’ve been at this a lot longer than we have. It was the Franks under the leadership of Charles Martel who stopped the European advance of Islam at the Battle of Tours in 732.