A French soldier stands between two Mirage F1 fighter jets at the Malian army air base in Bamako

 
A French soldier stands between two Mirage F1 fighter jets at the Malian army air base in Bamako
A French soldier stands between two Mirage F1 fighter jets at the Malian army air base in Bamako January 14, 2013. France plans to increase its troops in Mali to 2,500 in the days ahead and is working to speed up the deployment of West African troops for a campaign against Islamist rebels, the government said on Monday. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CONFLICT POLITICS MILITARY)