A few comments:
1/ I agree with Thobbes... Europe has been exploiting african countries since WWII, and they don't seem keen to let go. Actually, I'm convinced that the best hope of african countries to thrive would be if european intervention stopped altogether. "Humanitarian" help is just bull to make people think we are helping africa and not just raping it. In 2 years, Thomas Sankara made burkina self sufficient. Just get rid of the IMF & world bank & send the UN away and you're on the right path.
2/ I don't know why the french intervention in Mali is plastered all over the news like that. France had been bombing and sending troops in various places in africa for many decades, and never had it been so much publicized.
3/ Hollande is heralded as a "warlord" all over the french press. Messiah style. Oh which brings us back to number 2.
Oh and 4/ it must be tough to be a french spy. One day you work against islamists in Afghanistan, the next day you work with them in Libya & Syria... and next thing you know you're working against them in Mali... way to become schizo.