French President Given Colourful Welcome on Arrival in Mali

French President Francois Hollande flew to Mali on Saturday to support French troops fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahel nation, where he visited the famed ancient city of Timbuktu that was recaptured from al Qaeda-allied fighters six days ago. Hollande, accompanied by his ministers for defence, foreign affairs and development, was greeted by a group of dancers and singers at Timbuktu airport and then visited the Grand Mosque in the UNESCO World Heritage Site city.

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