French President Francois Hollande delivers his speech, during the New Year wishes ceremony to media in Paris, Wednesday Jan 16, 2013. Hollande launched the surprise operation in Mali,

 

              French President Francois Hollande delivers his speech, during the New Year wishes ceremony to media in Paris, Wednesday Jan 16, 2013. Hollande launched the surprise operation in Mali,
French President Francois Hollande delivers his speech, during the New Year wishes ceremony to media in Paris, Wednesday Jan 16, 2013. Hollande launched the surprise operation in Mali, a former West African colony, on Friday, with hopes of stopping al-Qaida-linked and other Islamist extremists he believes pose a danger to the world. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)