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Jan 12, 2013 10:10 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

UPDATE: France ups terror threat level after Mali strike

PARIS (AP) - France is on alert for a possible terrorist attack in the wake of French military action in Africa.

French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') says the country will raise its domestic terror threat level following military operations against Islamist forces in Mali and Somalia.

Hollande is promising to increase protection at public buildings and transportation networks.

France has some of the world's most recognizable monuments and an extensive national transportation network; like the U.S., it also has an organized government response if there are specific fears of a terrorist attack.

French aircraft and troops are backing soldiers in Mali who are trying to push back Islamist offensives; in Somalia, French commandos launched a failed raid to rescue an intelligence agent held hostage there for three years.

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