Gunman launched an attack against UN troops, the Minusma, in Mali on Saturday, killing one soldier and injuring a second - the latest in a series of terrorist attacks on the blue helmets.
The Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed it planned and financed last week's attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in a video posted online on Wednesday.
France's only remaining hostage abroad, Serge Lazarevic, who was kidnapped in Mali in 2011, has been freed, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday.
France says its forces in NIger have destroyed an Al-Qaeda convoy carrying a large amount of weapons from Libya to Mali.
A French legionnaire has been killed in a suicide attack in northern Mali, the ninth soldier to have died since the French intervention there in 2013.
French press shocked by the Netherlands hammering of Spain at the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil and looming threat in Iraq as Islamist militants close in on the capital Baghdad.