French protection minister heads to Mali to honor troops killed in helicopter crash


French Protection Minister Florence Parly arrives to attend a information convention in Paris, France, November 26, 2019 after 13 French troopers have been killed in Mali when their helicopters collided at low altitude as they swooped in to assist floor forces engaged in fight with Islamist militants. Information/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Information) – French Defence Minister Florence Parly is heading for Mali to honor the 13 French troopers killed throughout an operation on Tuesday, the Defence Ministry stated on Wednesday.

The troopers died in Mali when their helicopters collided as they hunted for Islamist militants.

Reporting by Tangi Salaün: Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Modifying by Angus MacSwan