There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet which crashed near Mali's border with Burkina Faso, says French President Francois Hollande.
He told reporters that Soldiers have secured the crash Site and begun Investigations into what caused Thursday's tragedy.
However, Mr Hollande said it was too early to draw conclusions, and said his thoughts were with the 116 passengers who died, 51 of them French citizens, and their Families.
French forces Intervened in Northern Mali to rout Islamist extremists controlling the region. A French Soldier was killed earlier this month near the major town of Gao, where French Troops remain. Separatist Touaregs also have been Fighting each other.
An Arrival Information screen shows the delayed Air Algerie flight 5017 at the Houari Boumediene Airport near Algiers, Algeria. AP An arrival Information screen shows the delayed Air Algerie flight 5017 at the Houari Boumediene Airport near Algiers, Algeria.
Fabius said the aim was to bring the victims remains as quickly as possible to Gao, so that they can be Identified and returned to their home countries.
Mamadou Zoungrana told CNN Canadian Affiliate CBC that his wife and two sons were on the Flight. She had wanted to leave on an Earlier Flight.
He didn't want to change the Flight, he said it will be OK. Maybe if I canceled.
The plane's departure country of Burkina Faso had 24 people aboard, the Airline said.
Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet,
51 of them were French citizens,
Houari Boumediene Airport,
Radar contact was lost,
Wreckage found in the Northern Mali Dessert,
Near the border of Burkina Faso,
Air Algerie Flight AH5017,
No one survives in Air Algerie crash,
Mohini Porwal [ B Sc]
Trainee Aviation News Editor