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The French president had left the creature with a family in Timbuktu for safekeeping, after it was presented to him by local residents. But it was promptly slaughtered and used in a stew.
France sent troops to Mali to regain the north from a loose coalition of militant Islamist groups. During the young camel's handover ceremony, President Hollande had joked about using the camel "it as much a I can as a means of transport" around the Parisian traffic jams. French officials had originally planned to transport the animal to a zoo in France, but because of the complex logistics it was decided instead to entrust the beast to a local family.
The French defense minister informed the president of the camel's death during a recent cabinet meeting, according to reports. "As soon as we heard of this, we quickly replaced it with a bigger and better-looking camel," an unnamed Malian official said. "The new camel will be sent to Paris. We are ashamed of what happened to the camel. It was a present that did not deserve this fate."