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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.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame speaks at this week's commemoration ceremony in Kigali's Amohoro stadium
11/04/2014 - France - Rwanda

France arrests Rwandan genocide suspect again

French police have arrested a Rwandan genocide suspect despite a previous ruling that he could not be extradited.

She's back - presidential candidate in 2007, Ségolène Royal becomes ecology minister, a job she held in 1992
02/04/2014 - France

New French government - Ségolène Royal in, Pierre Moscovici out

France's new prime minister, Manuel Valls, has announced his new cabinet, firing Pierre Moscovici as finance minister.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian
21/03/2014 - France - Ukraine - Russia

France suspends most military cooperation with Russia

France is suspending the majority of its military cooperation with Russia amid the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday during a trip to Baltic ...

A man wounded at Bangui airport receives medical care
26/02/2014 - France - CAR

Right joins left in French parliament vote for CAR military mission

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has welcomed parliament's vote to continue France's military presence in the Central African Republic.