French journalists die in Mali kidnap

AFP-JIJI

Two journalists with Radio France Internationale (RFI) were found dead on Saturday after being kidnapped by armed men in Mali’s troubled northeast, government and security sources said.

Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were on their way to interview a spokesman for the Tuareg separatist group the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad in the rebel stronghold of Kidal when they were abducted outside his home.

French President Francois Hollande and Malian leader Ibrahim Boubacar Keita spoke over the telephone, the French president’s office said, reaffirming their determination “to relentlessly pursue the fight against terrorist groups that are present in northern Mali.”