At least thirty-three suspected militants have been killed by the French forces during an operation in Mali, President Emanuel Macron said during his visit to Ivory Coast.
The announcement comes weeks after thirteen French troops died in a helicopter crash in Mali.
More than 4500 French troops have been deployed to the West African countries of Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.
Mr Macron reiterated his country’s commitment to fighting the spread of jihadist violence.
The five countries are yet to attend a summit in Paris aimed at clarifying the “political and strategic framework” of the operation against militants in the region.