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France says its military operation Barkhane will continue in Mali

French Defence Minister Florence Parly speaks to journalists as she visits the devastated site of the massive explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

PARIS (Reuters) - France will pursue its military operations in Mali against Islamic fighters despite the ousting of the country’s president two days ago by a coup, the French armed force minister said on Thursday.

“The Barkhane operation, asked for by the Mali population and authorised by the U.N. Security Council, continues,” Florence Parly said on Twitter.

Reporting by Tangi Salaun; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Alison Williams

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