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Mali to France: “Keep colonial reflexes to yourself”

Mali to France: “Keep colonial reflexes to yourself”

JOHN IRISH and TIEMOKO DIALLO France needs to stop interfering in Mali's affairs and keep its "colonial reflexes" to itself, the transitional junta government's spokesman said, rejecting claims Mali had wrongfully asked Denmark to pull its troops from the country. Relations between France and its former colony have soured since the junta has clung to power and brought Russian mercenaries into the country. "We invite (Armed Forces Minister Florence) Parly to show restraint and respect the basic principle of not interfering in the domestic affairs of a state," Abdoulaye Maiga told national news broadcaster ORTM1 late on Wednesday. Maiga's comments…
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