French President François Hollande made the announcement as he welcomed his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at the start of a two-day state visit in Paris.
A weakening rail strike and revelations about the UMP/Bygmalion campaign-funding scandal dominate comments in Friday’s French press.
France has called for an immediate ceasefire in the town of Kidal in northern Mali.
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.
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