Malian troops to open France's Bastille Day parade

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By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — Troops coming from Mali and 12 other African countries will march with the French military in an unusual Bastille Day parade in Paris, to honor their efforts against terrorism.

Beyond the triumphal display on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday, including flyovers by fighter jets, the realities in Mali suggest that President Francois Hollande's first military intervention has had mixed results.

The mission he launched in January helped the Malian government retake control of much of the country from al-Qaida-linked extremists who had seized northern Mali and threatened the capital. The country is heading for elections July 28, but tensions involving rebel Tuaregs in the north linger, along with political instability.

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