Caterers and security guards prepare for the arrival of France's President Hollande at the presidential palace in Bamako, Mali

 
Caterers and security guards prepare for the arrival of France
Caterers and security guards prepare for the arrival of France's President Francois Hollande at the presidential palace in Bamako, Mali February 2, 2013. Malians chanting "Thank you, France!" mobbed Hollande on Saturday as he visited the desert city of Timbuktu, retaken from Islamist rebels, and pledged France's sustained support for Mali to expel jihadists. Hollande, accompanied by his ministers for defence, foreign affairs and development, was on a one-day trip to the Sahel nation to support French troops who in three weeks have ousted fighters allied with al Qaeda from Mali's main northern towns. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT)