France confirms fatalities in attack on Areva plant

France said on Thursday that there were dead among the victims of twin bombings at a uranium processing plant owned by French nuclear giant Areva and a military base in northern Niger.

"It is still too early for a definitive toll from these attacks," French foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said, adding: "France extends its condolences to the families of the deceased.

"France condemns these attacks in the strongest terms," he said, adding that France had offered assistance to authorities in Niger.

"France is following the situation, in close contact with authorities in Niger," he said.

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