THERE was, finally, some good news for French President Francois Hollande this week.
Mali’s government gave him a new camel to replace one presented to him in February, which was eaten by the family in Timbuktu he had left it with. “As as soon as we heard of this, we quickly replaced it with a bigger and better-looking camel,” a Malian government official said. “The new camel will be sent to Paris. We are ashamed of what happened to the [old] camel. It was a present that did not deserve this fate.” President Hollande was given the first camel when he visited Mali the month after France’s successful military intervention in January to prevent islamist groups from invading the south of the country.