President Macron Double troops after helicopter crash in Mali

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President Emmanuel Macron has called for investigation on the incident that leaves French troops dead after helicopters collided during an operation against jihadists in Mali,

Monday’s accident is one of the worst losses of life for the French military in decades.

President Macron, expressed his “deep sadness” over the incident.

In 2013, France deployed thousands of troops to Mali after Islamist militants seized huge parts of the north.

Mali’s army has since recaptured the territory but insecurity there continues and the violence has spread to other countries in the region.

France now has 4,500 troops deployed to support the forces of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad against Islamist militants.

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