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French President Francois Hollande visits Timbuktu, Mali, Saturday Feb. 2, 2013. Hollande indicated Friday that during his visit to the former French colony, he would discuss the reduction of French troop levels on the ground to make way for an African force, led by Mali. (Associated Press)
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French President Francois Hollande visits Timbuktu, Mali, Saturday Feb. 2, 2013. Hollande indicated Friday that during his visit to the former French colony, he would discuss the reduction of French troop levels on the ground to make way for an African force, led by Mali. (Associated Press)

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