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A partial view of the French Embassy in Mali taken on January 12,... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Army,Assistance,Bamako,Conflict,Day,France,Horizontal,Islam,Mali,Part Of,Rebellion,Sending,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA partial view of the French Embassy in Mali taken on January 12, 2013 in Bamako as France sent troops the day before to help Malian forces hold back an advance by Islamist rebels. French President said today that French military intervention had halted the advance of Islamists trying to push south from their northern stronghold. AFP PHOTO / HABIBOU KOUYATE (Photo credit should read HABIBOU KOUYATE/AFP/Getty Images)