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Bodies of French journalists murdered in Mali arrive back in France

Bodies of French journalists murdered in Mali arrive back in France
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The bodies of the two French journalists murdered in Mali have arrived back in France.

The Air France plane touched down in Paris earlier this morning and greeted by the victims families, colleagues from Radio France International and French President Francois Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont were kidnapped and killed in northern Mali on Saturday.

In Bamako journalists paid tribute to the dead reporters by taking part in a silent match through the capital.

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita decorated the pair with the Malian Order of Merit.

The journalists were in the desert town of Kidal, where they were abducted by four men, forced into a truck and shot dead shortly after.

Police in Mali say they have arrested ten people in connection with the killings.

France has deployed a further 150 troops to the county to bolster the 200 already based there and intensify the hunt for those responsible.

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