The French operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) has begun, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has told RFI,
France's decision to boost the number of troops in the Central African Republic dominates comment in the French press.
At least 35 people have been detained in the inquiry into the murder of RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in Kidal, according to sources in Mali.
India's defence minister on Wednesday poured cold water on hopes that a contract for France to supply 126 Rafale fighter jets will soon be signed.
Four French nationals who have been held hostage in Niger since 2010 were flying home to Paris on Wednesday morning after being freed on Tuesday.
The French government has for the first time admitted that it does not expect the long-postponed deal to sell Rafale fighter-jets to India to be signed this year.
A much-delayed purchase of Dassault Rafale fighter jets is expected to feature highly in talks between France’s Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and India’s AK Antony on Saturday.
The French Defence Minister says two French journalists who were abducted in Syria in June are alive.
French troops continue to clash with armed Islamists in Mali with two French soldiers wounded this week, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RFI Friday.
France hopes to sell more weapons to Asia-Pacific countries and step up military cooperation with them, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a regional security forum in Singapore this ...