Mali to French President: "I Gave You A Camel But I Eated It"

Poor Francois Hollande. The French President got a gift of a camel from the people of Mali, but someone decided that the camel would make a good meal instead:

The French president was presented the first camel as a gift after sending in troops to purge Islamist fighters from towns across northern Mali.

At the time, he joked that he would take it home and use it to avoid Paris's traffic-clogged boulevards.

But logistics – and a claim that the first camel was stolen from a family whose house was shelled by French forces – meant that diplomats advised the animal should be left in the care of a local family.

Mr Hollande agreed, but was advised by his defence minister during a recent Cabinet meeting that intelligence sources in Timbuktu reported that the camel had been killed and cooked.

But fear not! Embarrassed officials in northern Mali promised to replace it with a "bigger and better-looking" camel: Link


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