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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.

African peace keeping soldiers escort a humanitarian convoy in Bangui, February 15, 2014.
15/02/2014 - France - Germany - Central African Republic

Germany flags stronger military ties with France in Africa

The German Chancellor says she wants to bolster military cooperation with France, particularly in Africa, as the French defence minister concedes the operation in the Central African Republic ...

A boy in the ruins of  a Muslim religious centre in Bangui on Saturday
09/02/2014 - France - CAR

10+ dead in Bangui as French defence minister visits central Africa

At least 10 people were killed in the Central African republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, this weekend, as French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian started a tour of the region to discuss the crisis ...

French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian at the Pentagon in the US
07/02/2014 - France

France launches cyberdefence programme

France is to invest a million euros in cyberdefence to combat a mushrooming number of cyberattacks, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced on Friday.

Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza addresses Wednesday's ceremony
06/02/2014 - France - Central African Republic

France condemns CAR lynching, may prolong military presence

France on Thursday called for "exemplary punishment" for the Central African (CAR) soldiers who lynched a suspected ex-rebel after a military ceremony addressed by new Interim President ...