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Jean-Yves Le Drian
Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's defence minister
25/07/2015 - EGYPT - FRANCE

French defence minister in Egypt after Rafale delivery

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian began a two-day visit to Cairo Saturday, days after France delivered the first three of 24 Rafale fighter jets sold to Egypt in a 5.2-billion-euro deal.
Dassault's Rafale fighter jet - selling at last
06/05/2015 - INDE

France's defence minister seals Rafale sale with India

France’s Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met his Indian counterpart today for final talks on the sale of 36 Rafale fighter jets to India.
French troops in Timbuktu, northern Mali
29/04/2015 - FRANCE

France reverses defence cuts in anti-terror drive

France has eased cuts on its defence budget pledging a further 3.8 billion euros to tackle what the government perceives as multiple threats, following January's Charlie Hebdo attacks.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian with Chief of Staff Pierre de Villiers
29/04/2015 - FRANCE

France's Defence Council reduces military budget cuts

French President François Hollande chaired a special meeting of France's Defence Council on Wednesday to reverse some of his government's cuts in military spending in the light of January's ...
The Lebanese army going to fight Al-Nusra last year
20/04/2015 - FRANCE - Lebanon - Syria - Saudi Arabia

First delivery of Saudi-funded French arms arrives in Lebanon

Lebanon on Monday took delivery of the first French weapons in a 2.8-billion-euro Saudi-funded programme to beef up its army, faced with incursions from armed Islamist groups fighting in ...
Chadian soldiers fighting Boko Haram in February
12/03/2015 - France - Nigeria - Niger

France to move troops from CAR to back anti-Boko Haram fight

France is to boost its military presence in the Sahel region of Africa to support the fight against Boko Haram, whose insurgency has spread from Nigeria to Chad and Niger.
Troops posted at the Eiffel Tower in Paris
12/03/2015 - France

Troops to stay on French streets in post-Charlie Hebdo attacks terror alert

France is to keep 10,000 troops on its streets, maintaining a public military presence instituted after January’s Charlie Hebdo attacks.
Rafales at Dassault's factory in Merignac, south-east France
25/02/2015 - France - India

Le Drian in Delhi again as India dithers over Rafale deal

France’s Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar in Delhi on Tuesday in a fresh attempt to seal a troubled deal to sell India’s air force 126 ...
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Cairo on Monday
17/02/2015 - France - Egypt

France, Egypt sign Rafale deal as Cairo bombs IS

France has signed an agreement with Egypt for the first foreign sale of its Rafale fighter jet.
The families of the Copts demonstrate on Friday before their murder
16/02/2015 - France - Egypt - Libya

France, Egypt call for new measures against IS after Coptic beheadings video

France and Egypt on Monday called for the UN Security Council to meet to plan new measures against the Islamic State (IS) armed group as Cairo launched air strikes against the jihadists following the ...
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