People gather as Malian soldiers arrive in the city of Diabaly on January 21, 2013. French and Malian troops today recaptured the Malian towns of Diabaly and Douentza from Islamist fighters, France's defence minister said. French and Malian troops earlier today entered Diabaly, which has been the theatre of air strikes and fighting since being seized by Islamists a week ago, an AFP journalist witnessed.