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Francis Delon general secretary of French Defence and National... News Photo 1598131722012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Algeria,Armed Forces,Chief of Staff,Conflict,Crisis,Defense,Elysee Palace,France,French Culture,Horizontal,In Aménas Hostage Crisis,Kidnapping,Leaving,Mali,Meeting,Paris,Presidential,Secretary-General,Special Forces,WarPhotographer JACQUES DEMARTHONCollection: AFP 2013 AFPFrancis Delon, general secretary of French Defence and National Security (L) and Admiral Edouard Guillaud (R), France's armies chief of staff, leave the presidential Elysee palace on January 21, 2013 in Paris, after a meeting with France's President on the situations in Mali and Algeria. French troops on Sunday consolidated gains in Mali's Islamist-held north as Paris said the aim was its 'total reconquest' and Canada, Germany and Russia offered vital aid for the offensive. The Al-Qaeda-linked group that shocked the world with its audacious hostage attack in neighbouring Algeria threatened meanwhile to stage further reprisal strikes on nations involved in chasing out Islamists from Mali. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)