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Jean-Pierre Bel, president of the French Senate arrives for a meeting... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Arrival,Communication,France,French Culture,Government,Horizontal,Hotel Matignon,Leadership,Mali,Meeting,Military,Paris - France,Political Party,Politics,President,Prime MinisterPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPJean-Pierre Bel, president of the French Senate arrives for a meeting hosted by French Prime Minister to inform leaders of French political parties on France's military intervention in Mali on January 14, 2013 at the Hotel Matignon in Paris. France launched its operation against Mali-based Islamists on a unilateral basis on January 11, but has since been offered logistical support by several NATO allies, including Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Germany and the United States. AFP PHOTO MEHDI FEDOUACH (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)