Hollande: France to Remain at Mali’s Side as Fight Continues

French President Francois Hollande received an exuberant welcome in Mali Saturday, three weeks after the start of a French military intervention that helped stop an Islamist militants’ advance into Mali’s south and won back the al-Qaida linked rebels’ three northern strongholds after 10 months of occupation. 

Residents of Timbuktu danced, drummed and cheered in the streets Saturday as they welcomed French President Francois Hollande.  These expressions of joy were …