Just one week after the Paris attacks, French President Francois Hollande has turned his attention to the ongoing Islamist extremist incident in Mali, saying everything possible is being done to free hostages in a Bamako hotel. Rough Cut-subtitled (no reporter narration).
SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) France's Hollande said Friday (November 20) everything possible is being done to free a reported 170 hostages being held in a luxury hotel in Mali, which may include French nationals. "We will do what has to be done with our forces on the ground to free those hostages," Hollande said, one week after the attacks in Paris by Islamic militants. "Once again terrorists want to mark with their barbarous presence on every location where they can kill, where they can impress and murder. So we need once again to be firm and show our solidarity towards our friend, the country of Mali." Hollande made the statement ahead of a speech he was giving on climate change talks. He noted that the hotel held customers of multiple nationalities, given the presence of foreign workers in Mali for aid and development. A source close to the president told Reuters that French nationals are among those held in the siege. "We are still awaiting more precise information that's been checked out. French people are present. The president is following the situation closely," the presidential source said. Separately, a diplomatic source said that Malian special forces were at the scene and that France was providing logistical and intelligence support. The diplomatic source spoke of two or three attackers.