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03/01/2014 - France - Syria

Five MSF staffers abducted in northern Syria

Five employees of Doctors without Borders (MSF) have been abducted from a house in northern Syria by an unknown group, the medical humanitarian group said on Friday.

Paris public prosecutor François Molins, who is leading the investigation of Dupont and Verlon's murder
14/11/2013 - France - Mali

RFI journalists killed due to oil leak, French investigator

RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were murdered because their kidnappers' vehicle broke down.

07/11/2013 - France - Mali

Malian police name tuareg vehicle owner in RFI journalist killings

The owner of the vehicle used to transport the two RFI journalists who were shot dead on Saturday has been formally identified as Bayes Ag Bakabo, a Tuareg, according to Malian security ...

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius addresses the commemoration ceremony for Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont
06/11/2013 - France - Mali

France, Mali will track down RFI journalists' killers, French FM Fabius pledges

French investigators will track down the murderers of RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon and ensure they are punished, French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius told a ceremony in homage to the pair

Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon
02/11/2013 - MALI - FRANCE

Two RFI journalists kidnapped and killed in Kidal

France's Foreign Ministry has confirmed the death of RFI’s correspondents in northern Mali, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, who were kidnapped in Kidal by a group of men on Saturday ...

French President François Holland with Mali's Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta at the Elysée Palace
01/10/2013 - France - Mali

Mali's President Keita cuts short France visit after weekend of violence

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.

MNLA attacks Mali army in Kidal
01/10/2013 - African news explained

MNLA attacks Mali army in Kidal

Insurgents in Mali have launched a fresh attack on the army in the rebel bastion of Kidal. The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, the MNLA, which is fighting for autonomy in ...

French President François Hollande (L) and Mali's Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in Bamako earlier this month
30/09/2013 - France - Mali

Mali's new president visits France despite continued violence at home

Mali's new President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita started an official visit to France on Sunday despite new violence in the north of the country.


French press review 27 July 2013

Today’s French papers are all about Mali and Sunday’s landmark vote and the hope that it may restore a sense of normality to the war-torn west African country.

Tension in Kidal, Mali, on July 19, 2013
23/07/2013 - France - Mali

France presses Mali to hold election date

France is eager to see Malians head to the polls later this month, despite difficulties in organising the vote as they await a military handover to the United Nations.