Dupont and Claude were taken by four men in front of the home of Ambéry Ag Rissa, a top MNLA representative in Kidal whom they had just interviewed.
The two were reportedly killed shortly after being abducted, some 15 kilometres east of Kidal, on the road to Tinessako.
Ambéry Ag Rissa said he opened the door to his home after hearing noise in the street and saw the journalists taken in a beige vehicle. He was threatened and told to stay inside.
The journalists’ driver was pushed to the floor. He heard Verlon and Dupont protest.
The reporters were on their second assignment Kidal. They had gone there in July to cover the first round of the presidential election.
French troops are in Mali as part of the Serval operation, but according to the French Presidency, there had been no authorisation of force in the region.