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Jean-Yves Le Drian
French Rafale jets
09/11/2015 - FRANCE - SYRIa

French air strikes hit Islamic State oil depot

French fighter planes carried out an air strike on the Islamic State (IS) armed group in Syria on Sunday night, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (5th R) meets French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (4th L) in Riyadh, 12 October  2015.
13/10/2015 - France-Saudi Arabia

France and Saudi Arabia sign contracts worth 10 billion euros

The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, accompagnied by his Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, signed 10 billion euro worth of contracts on Tuesday with Saudi Arabia.
A file photo of a French air force Rafale fighter jet
09/10/2015 - FRANCE - RUSSIA - SYRIA

France launches more air strikes on IS targets in Syria

France has carried out a second wave of air strikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria, focused on the stronghold of Raqqa, as Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accuses Russia of failing to ...
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addresses the National Assembly on Syria on 15 September 2015
16/09/2015 - FRANCE - SYRIa

French Syria IS air strikes to start 'in next few weeks'

French air strikes on Syria will start within a few weeks, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday.
A French soldier in the Central African Republic
04/09/2015 - Central African Republic - FRANCE

New Central Africa sex abuse accusation against French army

The French army faces a new charge of sexual abuse of a minor in the Central African Republic (CAR), following April's revelations of a sex abuse scandal there and another in Burkina Faso in ...
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 ...