France is sending two top ministers to Abidjan to express its solidarity with Ivory Coast after the deadly attack on a beach resort that killed at least 16 people on Sunday.

Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault will travel to the West Africa country on Tuesday alongside Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

French president Francois Hollande condemned the "cowardly and odious attack" in the town of Grand-Bassam in which one French citizen was killed.

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the attack, according to SITE Intelligence Group which monitors jihadist websites.