France was the former colonial overlord of Mali, then known as French Sudan, in which it ruled mainland Mali with the capital in Bamako, later became capital of newborn Republic of Mali. French rule had influenced Mali in several aspects, such as the adaption of French language as main language of Mali. Due to this, France and Mali have a strong connection. Both are parts of Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.
Northern Mali conflict
In response to the rise of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in 2012 following the collapse of Azawad as part of Northern Mali conflict, France deployed 4,000 troops and sent many military equipments in part of Operation Serval. France has been very cautious of Mali's situation, as Mali was a former colony of France and has ties with France.
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- "Macron in Mali: France will be 'uncompromising' in fight against terrorists". BBC. 19 May 2017.