French soldiers walk past a hangar they are staying at the Malian army air base in Bamako January 14, 2013. France plans to increase its troops in Mali to 2,500 in the days ahead and is working to speed up the deployment of West African troops for a campaign against Islamist rebels, the government said on Monday. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS)



It's the fourth day of French air strikes against Islamist militants in the West African nation of Mali. The intervention has been welcomed by many Malians hoping for an end to Islamist control of Mali's north. Ousmane Diadie Toure is a film-maker in Mali's capital, Bamako. He's a member of Defenders of the Republic, an activist movement led by artists and professionals. Anchor Jeb Sharp speaks to him about reaction in Bamako to the French bombardment of Islamist bases.

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