URGENT ¥¥¥ French military conduct major air strikes in Mali

French warplanes bombed training and logistics centres run by Islamist extremists in northeastern Mali on Sunday, just hours after President Francois Hollande visited the country, the military said.

The "major" air strikes were carried out overnight in the Tessalit area north of Kidal, the last bastion of radicals who occupied the desert north for months before France's intervention, military spokesman Colonel Thierry Burkhard said.