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France demands immediate release of Mali's ousted president

PARIS (Reuters) - France has asked on Wednesday for the immediate release of Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, as well as of his government, detained after a coup led by soldiers on Tuesday.

“France acknowledges the announce of president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s resignation. It calls for its immediate release (...) and for the restoration, without delay, of a civilian power”, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement.

Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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