URGENT ¥¥¥ France appoints new envoy to conflict-torn Mali

France on Thursday appointed a new ambassador to Mali, the foreign ministry said, amid a French-backed military intervention against Islamist rebels there.

Gilles Huberson will replace Christian Rouyer, foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said. According to diplomatic sources in Mali, Rouyer reportedly fell out with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.