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Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Defence Minister
16/09/2014 - France - Libya

UN must deal with 'terrorist threat' in Libya, French defence minister

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday that the "terrorist threat" in Libya must be addressed at the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting, alongside the dangers of ...
Iraqi President Fuad Masum before meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday
12/09/2014 - France - Iraq

Hollande visits Iraq ahead of Paris conference on fighting Islamic State

French President François Hollande declared his support for the new Iraqi government in Baghdad on Friday

A militia fighter watches smoke rise from a petrol depot at Tripoli airport last month
10/09/2014 - France - Libya

France calls for international action on Libya chaos

France has called for international action to end the chaos in Libya, which is becoming a “terrorist hub”, according to Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, files 2011.
09/09/2014 - France - World

Paris urges action to fight terrorism

The French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday that Paris might send troops abroad to fight terrorist groups.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian photographed on May 12, 2014.
13/07/2014 - France - Mali

France to launch military operation in Sahel region within days

France on Sunday said it would replace its Serval operation in Mali that broke the grip of Islamists in the north with a sweeping initiative covering the broad, largely unruly Sahel region.

French President François Hollande promises to cut costs with his territorial reform
05/06/2014 - Explainer: France

Hollande redraws France’s regions – what will it mean?

President François Hollande is to redraw the administrative map of France.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Côte d'Ivoire
12/05/2014 - France - Senegal

French Defence Minister Le Drian in Senegal to boost west Africa anti-terror efforts

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday met Senegalese President Macky Sall as France beefs up its counter-terror efforts in west Africa.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and President François Hollande with troops in CAR
08/05/2014 - France - Mali - Niger - Chad

France to deploy 3,000 troops in Sahel

France is to deploy 3,000 troops in the Sahel, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday.
Nuclear weapons carrying submarine
15/04/2014 - France

French navy announces first women to serve on submarines

Women are to be allowed to serve on nuclear submarines in the French Navy from 2017, the French Minister of Defence announced today.

Female soldiers in action with French army contingent of UN forces in Lebanon (2001)
15/04/2014 - France

French army to act on sexual harassment

France’s defence minister is expected to announce new measures to combat sexual harassment in the army after receiving a report on the issue today.