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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.
A Rafale at the Le Bourget Air Show 2015
20/07/2015 - EGYPT - FRANCE

France delivers three Rafale fighter-planes to Egypt

France's Dassault Aviation on Monday handed over three Rafale fighter jets to Egypt, the first sold abroad in the 14 years it has been building the versatile but hard-to-sell plane.

Paris prosecutor François Molins
17/07/2015 - France

Suspect in French terror plot had orders from IS group: Paris prosecutor

One of the three men suspected of planning an attack against a French military base had been asked by an Islamic State group militant in Syria to "strike" France, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Friday.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
16/07/2015 - France

Terrorist attack on French military base foiled

French security forces have thwarted a terrorist plot to decapitate a senior officer of a military base in southern France, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said late Wednesday.

Troops march down the Champs-Elysees avenue during the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, July 14, 2015. In the background, the Arc de Triomphe.
14/07/2015 - FRANCE

Bastille Day parade unrolls under shadow of anti-terror fight

France’s annual Bastille Day military parade took place on Paris’s Avenue des Champs-Elysées on Tuesday morning.
Smoke billows out of the LyondellBasell plant on Tuesday morning
14/07/2015 - FRANCE

France opens inquiry into fuel plant fires amid arson fears

French prosecutors have opened an inquiry into fires, which may have been started deliberately, at a petrochemical plant in the south of the country.
The French Air Force Alphajets fly over the Arc de Triomphe on 14 July, 2015.
14/07/2015 - France

Slideshow: Mexican troops lead 2015 Bastille Day parade in Paris

This year, Mexican soldiers and gendarmes took part in France's traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

French President Francois Hollande (L), Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (C) and Mexico's First Lady Angelica Rivera at the Bastille Day parade 14 July 2015
14/07/2015 - FRANCE

Charlie attacks, Africa interventions set grim mood for France's Bastille Day celebrations

The trauma of this year's Charlie Hebdo attacks and France's military presence in Africa overshadow the Bastille Day national holiday.

African press review 14 July 2015

All change at the helm of the Nigerian military machine; local papers ask how much difference the new men are likely to make in the war aganist the armed Islamists of Boko Haram; and South African ...
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
12/07/2015 - MEXIco - FRANCE

Druglord's escape casts pall over Mexican president's France visit

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto headed for France for a four-day visit this weekend.