Why is France intervening in Mali?

Video report from Al Jazeera:

 

I am curious to see the involvement from Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and to some extent Senegal and Nigeria, as the rebellion in Mali poses a clear threat to regional security.

Once again ECOWAS and the African Union let the situation rot for months until France finally decided to act without them.

Although the purpose of the campaign is clear and seems legitimate, the feasibility of the stabilization operation seems more complex, as the political situation in Mali has been chaotic since the coup d’etat. I doubt France will interfere further in Mali internal affairs and risk facing a situation similar to 2003 Cote d’Ivoire. Hopefully the continental and regional organisations will step in to facilitate the political and military process.

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