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Jean-Yves Le Drian
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said there should be better coordination among security forces of countries in Africa
15/12/2014 - FRANCE/AFRICA

Le Drian urges African countries to combine efforts against jihadist threat

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian made the appeal at a security conference in Senegal on Monday.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls meets French air force pilots in Niger's capital Niamey last month
14/12/2014 - France - Mali - Niger

French troops have neutralised 200 Sahel jihadists this year, Le Drian

The French army has “neutralised” 200 jihadist fighters in the Sahel over the last year, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says in an interview to be published tomorrow.
Serge Lazarevic (L) is greeted by French President François Hollande on his return to France this week
13/12/2014 - France - Mali

Mali confirms Al-Qaeda prisoners exchanged for French hostage Lazarevic

Mali admitted on Friday that Al-Qaeda prisoners were freed in exchange for French hostage Serge Lazarevic, confirming reports on RFI earlier in the week.
The Vladivostok at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard in Brittany
05/12/2014 - France - Russia

France may never deliver Russia’s Mistral warships, defence minister

France may never deliver the Mistral warships it has built for Russia, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.
A French-built "all-purpose" Rafale jet
03/12/2014 - France - India

India promises to stick with Rafale jet sale after Modi election

The defence ministers of France and India have said they will iron out differences over the sale of 126 Rafale fighter jets to India.
French special forces in Gao, northern Mali
30/10/2014 - France - Mali

10th French soldier killed in Mali in clash with jihadists

A French soldier has been killed and two others wounded in a clash with jihadist insurgents in northern Mali.
The funeral of nine Minusma troops killed in northern Mali earlier this month in Bamako
27/10/2014 - France - Libya - Mali

France to send troops back to north Mali as insurgent activity revives

France is to send troops redeployed to neighbouring countries back to theMali because UN forces have failed to turn up in the troubled north of the country as planned, French Defence Minister ...
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.

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