France's action in Mali has demonstrated its rapid reaction capability, and raised questions about Britain's ability to do the same.
Earlier this year, France once again demonstrated its capacity for conducting rapid intervention operations, as it quickly deployed troops to its former colony Mali at the request of interim President Dioncounda Traoré. On 25 January, an air transport task group of nine Transall C-160s and three C-130 Hercules were despatched from secure bases in Corsica, mainland France, Chad and Côte d’Ivoire, carrying some 1,000 troops and 200 tons of stores, to conduct rapid air-land
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