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Coffins of 13 French soldiers killed in Mali lay at the Invalides monument during a ceremony Monday Dec.2, 2019 in Paris. In its biggest military funeral in decades, France is honoring 13 soldiers killed when their helicopters collided over Mali while on a mission fighting extremists affiliated with the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

France pays homage to 13 soldiers killed in Mali air crash

Dec. 2, 2019 10:40 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France paid homage Monday to 13 soldiers killed while fighting Islamic State-affiliated extremists in Mali, with their coffins draped in the French tricolor at a solemn ceremony in Paris. “Freedom, alas, often carries the taste of spilt blood,” said French President Emmanuel...