World Bulletin/News Desk
A French soldier was killed in a bombing in northern Mali, officials said.
The Foreign Legion soldier, the ninth to die since France intervened in its former colony in January 2013, was killed in the northern city of Gao on Monday, the defence ministry said.
Peace talks were due to begin between Mali government officials and Tuareg rebels in Algeria on Wednesday.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was also set to travel to Mali on Wednesday and President Francois Hollande was due in the region later this week. Both had been expected to say the security threat in Mali had reduced and that France should start redeploying its troops.Last Mod: 15 Temmuz 2014, 14:03