Jun 21, 10:10 AM EDT

French minister says Paris to help put Mali's 'historic' peace accord with Tuaregs in place


Buy AP Photo Reprints
Latest News
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seeks asylum in France; French president says no

Mother gets 9 years in prison for killing 8 newborns in case that shocked France

French court reinstates Jean-Marie Le Pen as member of far-right party he founded

French cartoonist acquitted of hate charges over drawing of pope abusing a child

2 French soldiers arrested over child sexual abuse allegations in Burkina Faso

PARIS (AP) -- France's defense minister says that Paris will be helping Malians lock into place what he called a "historic" peace accord between northern Tuareg rebels and the government - which means a vast restructuring of the west African country's army.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said that he's traveling to the Mali capital Bamako on Monday "to see for himself that the accord is correctly put in place."

Le Drian told iTele on Sunday he wants to see how French troops, notably in the northern city of Gao, can best help put the accord - finalized on Saturday - into practice.

Armed groups must be integrated into a restructured Malian army after decades of conflict.

France invaded Mali in 2013 to rout Islamist extremists from the north and thousands of soldiers remain there.

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.