French soldier patrols stands guard outside shop at Nice Cote d'azur International airport

 
French soldier patrols stands guard outside shop at Nice Cote d
A French soldier patrols stands guard outside a shop at Nice Cote d'azur International airport January 14, 2013. Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels in Mali launched a counter-offensive on Monday after three days of strikes by French fighter jets on their strongholds in the desert north, vowing to drag France into a long and brutal ground war. Concerned about reprisals at home, France has tightened security at public buildings and on public transport. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard