French troops are locked in a major offensive against Al Qaida in northern Mali, military sources have told RFI.
RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were murdered because their kidnappers' vehicle broke down.
At least 35 people have been detained in the inquiry into the murder of RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in Kidal, according to sources in Mali.
French hostages and the question of ransom payments are this morning's main topics.
Two of this morning's Paris papers celebrate the release of the four French hostages held in Niger since September 2010.
Four French nationals who have been held hostage in Niger since 2010 were flying home to Paris on Wednesday morning after being freed on Tuesday.
Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita cut short his visit to Paris on Tuesday because of a recent outbreak of violence in the north of his country and a protests by troops in Bamako.
A young woman has been arrested in Paris on suspicion of having links with Al-Qaida, police sources said Tuesday.
Two African-based jihadist groups say they have joined forces to take revenge on France for its military offensive in Mali.
France will keep its embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, closed until at least Sunday, following similar decisions by other western countries.