French air force jets have spent their fifth day bombing targets in support of a Malian government offensive against rebels in the north. Late on Tuesday Malian and French troops were trying to take back the town of Diabaly - close to the capital Bamako - after rebels seized it earlier.
About 750 French soldiers are already in Bamako, and more are on the way.
Nazanine Moshiri sent this report from the Malian capital.
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