France Surrenders to Malian Rebels despite Clear Victory

PARIS — Following a military intervention into Mali that proved much easier than initially projected, former French President François Hollande announced his country’s unequivocal surrender to the same Islamist rebels its forces had dispatched handily and in short order. “Americans have a phrase, ‘throwing in the towel,” French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on France’s RTL radio. “We like this expression…