France has called for an international investigation into reports that hundreds of civilians have been killed by government troops and Russian mercenaries in Mali.
The EU and the US have made similar calls related to the deaths in the central Moura region.
On Friday, the Malian military said it had killed more than 200 Islamist militants during 10 days of fighting in the area.
It has not been possible to verify independently who was killed and by whom.
Mali denies mercenaries from Russia’s Wagner group are helping it fight an Islamist insurgency