Four months after France deployed troops to control the Islamists rebel in Mali, the process of major military withdrawal from the area reportedly started on Saturday.
French President Francois Hollande was welcomed among jovial celebrations in Timbuktu on Saturday.
In a major blow to the Islamist opposition, French troops in Mali have successfully gained control of he key Timbuktu airport.
Day in Pics: 25th October
Showbiz World - October 25, 2014
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