Jean-Yves Le Drian

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A photo taken on January 12, 2013 shows a map projected during a... Foto di attualitàCarta geografica,Composizione orizzontale,Conferenza stampa,Conflittualità,Cultura francese,Forze armate,Fotografia,Francia,Guerra del Mali settentrionale 2012-2013,Jean-Yves Le Drian,Mali,Movimento,Parigi,Previsione,SoldatoPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA photo taken on January 12, 2013 shows a map projected during a press conference of French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris, indicating troop movement during January 11 the French Epervier military operation in Mali. Le Drian said that a French pilot was killed on January 11 during a helicopter raid to prevent Islamist groups controlling northern Mali from advancing toward the capital Bamako. The raid was carried out to support Mali ground troops in the battle for the key town of Kona. Backed by French air power, Malian troops on January 11 unleashed an offensive against Islamist rebels who, having seized control of the north of the country in March last year, were threatening to push south. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)