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Iraqi Civil War (2014-present)

French President François Hollande to visit Iraq Monday in visit to French troops - Reuters

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Mali returns 2 people deported from France on the same planes they arrived on, questioning whether they were even Malian citizens - BBC

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Ana Ivanovic

Serbia tennis professional and former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic announces retirement at age 29

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French President Hollande says he granted Jacqueline Sauvage an 'immediate' end to her prison sentence in the murder of her husband; in the trial, her daughters testified their father was abusive - Le Monde

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Michel Déon

Reports: French novelist Michel Déon has died at 97 - Le Figaro, Le Point

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bird flu

52 cases of bird flu recorded in France, officials say - Le Figaro

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World War II

Gen. Seth McKee, a four-star general who was the highest-ranking survivor of the D-Day invasion of France in 1944, dies at age 100 - Arizona Republic

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French actress Claude Gensac has died at age 89, son says - Le Figaro

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Number of farms in southwest France with cases H5N8 bird flu virus rises to 52, agriculture ministry says - Le Figaro

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Fight against Islamic State militants

More: Police confirm Berlin attacker Anis Amri was captured on CCTV at Lyon train station 3 days after attack, paid cash for ticket to Milan - AFP

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Truck crashes into Berlin market, Dec. 20, 2016

Surveillance images confirm Berlin attacker traveled via Lyon, France, says source within investigation - AFP

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Suspect in custody after 3 elderly people killed in neighboring villages of Chabeuil, Montvendre, in Drome, France - France Bleu

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Mali unrest

Officials search for French aid worker kidnapped in Mali - AFP

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France's Thomas Coville sets new Vendée Globe round-the-world sailing record of 49 days - France 24

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France says female French aid worker kidnapped in Mali - AFP

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Saint-Etienne, Rhône-Alpes, France

2 injured in shooting in Saint-Etienne, France - BFMTV

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Terror threat in France remains high, top law enforcement official says - 20Minutes

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Berneuil-en-Bray, Picardie, France

3 police killed in 2-car crash in Berneuil-en-Bray, France, sources say; condition of those in other vehicle not known - Le Figaro

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Fight against Islamic State militants

French interior ministry declines to comment on Italian police chief's assertion that slain Berlin attacker 'surely passed through France' - AP

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Negotiators sent to Saint-Pierreville, France, chateau where Dutch owner in apparent standoff after receiving prison sentence for arson, weapons convictions - Le Dauphine

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