France has sent a military unit to secure the site of the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight which was carrying 51 French nationals.
There were 110 passengers on the plane, which crashed in Mali, plus six crew members. All the crew are thought to be Spanish.
A statement from French President Francois Hollande's office said."A French military unit has been sent to secure the site and gather the first elements of information."
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