REPORTER: France has deployed troops to Mali. These forces will assist the Malian government in their fight against Islamist insurgents. Francis Hollande ...
FRANCOIS HOLLANDE: "The French armed forces brought their support this afternoon to Malian army units to fight against these terrorist elements. This operation will last as long as necessary. I will keep the French regularly informed about its proceedings. The terrorists must know that France will always be here, when it comes to not only its fundamental interests but also the rights of a population, that of Mali, which wants to live freely and in a democracy. Thank you."
REPORTER: France's decision to send forces came after residents of the northern town of Konna reported rebels drove out the military on Thursday. Nigeria and Senegal are also assisting the Malian government. For those from Mali living in France, the president's announcement is welcome news.
MALIAN LIVING IN FRANCE MR SIDIBE SAYING: "Everyone is suffering. It's not nice for anyone from Mali to see his country suffer in such a way."
MALIAN LIVING IN FRANCE MR DABO: "We want France to help us. Because France were the colonizers, they colonized Mali. We want the liberation of our territory."
REPORTER: Hollande is expected to meet with his Malian counterpart Dioncounda Traore next week.