Jan. 29 - Residents of Timbuktu cheer and wave flags as French and Malian troops enter the town in northern Mali. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) French news channel I>Tele on Tuesday (January 29) showed pictures of inhabitants of Timbuktu rejoicing as French and Malian troops entered the northern Malian town a day earlier. The images showed French armoured personnel carriers being cheered on by people lining the streets as they re-took control of Timbuktu from Islamist rebels that had controlled it for the last nine months. One man held a flag on which was written 'Thank you Hollande', a gesture to France's President Francois Hollande who ordered a large-scale military intervention in Mali to prevent rebels advancing on the capital Bamako in the south.