URGENT ¥¥¥ France says 'no proof' of deaths of top Islamists in Mali

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday said there was "no proof" that top Islamist militants Abdelhamid Abou Zeid and Mokhtar Belmoktar had been killed in Mali, as claimed by Chad.

"I don't have proof of death" for the two men, Le Drian told French television. "I won't tell you that one or the other is dead because I don't know."