The UN mission in Mali said a French airstrike in January targeted a group "overwhelmingly composed of civilians" in violation of international law.
Jihadist insurgents still control large areas of the Sahel desert region after violence erupted in northern Mali in 2012.
Events in Mali could have a ripple effect across West Africa, and heighten issues such as poverty and terrorism.
Vigils were held to honour the soldiers who died when the helicopters they were travelling in collided in the African country.
The accident marked the largest single loss of life since operations began in 2013.
Inspire Africa is in Mali to find out more about the young entrepreneur creating a sustainable ecosystem for herders and farmers in his country.
Gunmen killed at least 134 people in central Mali on Saturday amid an upsurge in ethnic and jihadist violence.
The United Nations says Mauritania in northwest Africa urgently needs funds to deal with a growing refugee crisis.
Thousands of people are arriving from neighbouring Mali to escape an extreme interpretation of Islam and inter-ethnic violence.