As matter of fact, France was entrapped in the Mali by false espionage information. Particularly from failed tyrannical regimes in the region.
Few facts that might help for better understanding.
Fact; It's almost impossible for any movements, groups and individuals to have and to gain presence on the ground without adequate support on the ground.
That necessary means that the Muslims community in the Mali provide tremendous support to the defensive Muslims community in the Mali.
Fact; a tyrannical regime that imposes itself tyrannically upon the people with no support from the people on ground is a tyrannical regime that is about to be ousted by the people. And such regime will not survive loger regardless of the backup from outside.
Fact; French people will not allow to be involved in proxy wars for the interests of wars profiteers and weapons manufactures in the America.
Fact; France government will not be able, at any circumstances, to drive European union into endless destructive wars for the interests of tyrannical regimes which are about to be ousted.