"The world is in mourning" for Nelson Mandela, French President François Hollande told a summit on peace and security in Africa as it opened on Friday.
A report by NGOs Oxfam and Publish What You Pay calls on the French government and mining firm Areva to commit to paying taxes on its uranium mining concerns in Niger.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Friday declared herself "troubled" by TV footage of four hostages who returned to France on Wednesday after three years as prisoners of Al-Qaida.
As four French hostages arrive in France after three years in the hands of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), French media report that a ransom of over 20 million euros was paid to to free them.
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.
France’s foreign ministry says a video purporting to show hostages including four Frenchmen, released to the Mauritanian news agency ANI, appears "credible".
Two French nationals were liberated in Niamey, Niger after being captured and held by angry residents who were taking part in the violent protests.
French President François Hollande on Sunday said he believed an Al Qaeda claim that eight European hostages held in north Africa are still alive. Five of the hostages are French.
Analysts have voiced concerns that southern Libya has become the latest haven for jihadists following the French-led intervention to push them out of Mali.
In the wake of the suicide car bombings on an army base and a French-run uranium mine in Niger, the papers ask what next?