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France’s appeal for more troops in Mali falling on deaf ears

Feeling increasingly alone in its war against Islamists in Mali, France is canvassing allies for more help, including combat troops.

As concerns grow that the expanding conflict could drag allies in deeper, France’s Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, dropped a thinly veiled hint on Thursday at an emergency meeting with his European counterparts that his country needed boots on the ground while insisting that it has wide backing.