In the wake of footage of sub-Saharan migrants captured in Libya being sold as slaves, France has pledged to offer asylum to 25 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Sudanese, including 15 women and four children, who were taken to Niger under UN protection from detention in the North African country.
Mediapart is publishing four documents which prove that from 2005 to 2009 Nicolas Sarkozy and his aides tried to extricate Libyan spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi from his legal problems in France where he had been convicted for his involvement in the bombing of a passenger plane over Africa. The same Senussi is suspected of having sent five million euros in Libyan cash to Sarkozy and his chief of staff Claude Guéant before the 2007 presidential election - as revealed by the man who says he physically carried the money, arms dealer Ziad Takieddine. Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske report.
US defence officials say they will ask for cost of helping France fight insurgents in Sahel region of Africa to be 'reimbursed'.
Four hostages kidnapped in 2010 by al Qaeda-linked group arrive back in Paris where officials denied reports a ransom was paid for their release.
The four male hostages, kidnapped in Niger in 2010 at a uranium mine run by the French nuclear company Areva, are reportedly in fair health.
At least one person died and 13 others were wounded in the attack, while another targetted a military camp killing 20 soldiers.
Military sources say special forces to be sent to Niger uranium sites run by French state-owned company Areva as threat of attacks rise over Mali.