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France reinforces Mali troops after kidnap deaths

  • Associated Press
  • November 5, 2013 - 3:56 AM

PARIS — France's foreign minister says the country is shifting 150 troops to the northern Mali city of Kidal after two French journalists were kidnapped and killed while reporting there.

The two journalists' bodies were returned to Paris on Tuesday, greeted by President Francois Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who told Radio France International that about 150 French forces in Mali, out of more than 2,000, would be sent to Kidal to reinforce troops already in the troubled city.

Ghislaine Dupont, a senior correspondent for RFI, and Claude Verlon, a production technician, were killed Saturday after finishing an interview with a Tuareg rebel leader. A senior Malian official has said five people are in custody, and Fabius told RFI that the investigation is continuing along with French operations there.

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