French President Arrives in Mali

French President Francois Hollande arrived in central Mali Saturday, three weeks after French forces launched their intervention against Islamist militants in the African country.

Mr. Hollande, accompanied by the defense and development ministers, flew into the town of Sevare, and will later visit Timbuktu and the capital, Bamako in the former French colony.

The president’s visit comes as French-backed Malian forces were securing the town of Kidal, the last major stronghold of Islamist …