| France, Mali, Security
The French army is often called la
Grande Muette, or "the Great Silent." The war in Mali confirms the French
military's well-deserved reputation of being secretive about front-line actions.
"Locking the information is more in the culture of the French army than of the
U.S. army," says Maurice Botbol, director of La Lettre du Continent. In the first two weeks of military operations
against Islamist militant groups in Mali, the French army has released only a blurry video of an air attack at an undisclosed location.