French FM: French Troops to Leave Mali in March

France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius says French troops will start pulling out of Mali next month if, as he says, “all goes as planned.”

Fabius made his comments to the Metro newspaper.

French soldiers went to Mali almost one month ago when Islamist extremists who had taken control of the north started moving toward the capital, Bamako.

France plans to withdraw its forces and turn control of recaptured cities over to the Malian army and an African-led military force.