Body of Kidnapped Geologist Recovered in Mali

France has confirmed that a body found earlier this month in Mali is that of French geologist Philippe Verdon, who was kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in late 2011.

In a brief statement, the office of French President Francois Hollande Monday said the remains will be returned to France as soon as possible for tests to determine the cause of death.

French radio said the body was recovered by French troops near the Algerian border.

In March, Mauritania’s ANI news agency, which …