French army soldiers in Mali number 4,000 – One French soldier killed fighting Islamists


French Army

President Francois Hollande has announced the news of a French soldier killed whilst fighting Islamists in Mali. The soldier was from 2nd REP l├ęgionnaire.

There are also reports of around 20 Islamists killed in fighting in the mountainous northern region.

The number of French troops on the ground stand at around 4,000. The ground troops are supported by attack helicopters and war planes. Hundreds of suspected militants are said to have been killed during fighting.

During a recent visit to Greece, Mr Hollande said, “There was a serious clash with many dead on the terrorist side but also a death on the French side.”