Le Monde reports that former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing has urged his country to stick to a supporting role for African troops in Mali’s conflict:
“I want to warn against allowing the French action in Mali to turn into a neocolonialist undertaking.…Air strikes in the country’s north and east would hit civilian populations and would replicate the pointless destruction of the war in Afghanistan. They would no doubt have the same political results.” [Translated from the French.]
Islamist militants seized a foreign-operated gas field in Algeria early Wednesday and took at least 20 foreign hostages, including Americans, according to an Algerian government official and the country’s state-run news agency, in what the attackers called a retaliation for the French-led military intervention in neighboring Mali.
[ed notes;read jeremy keenans books,the algerian intelligence services for years,with french govt collusion,were behind the mass kidnappings in region by the so called al qaeda networks known as AQIM ...this allows algeria to play a stronger role in conflict under cover of beefing up security..