New Military Bill Envisions “compact” yet “powerful” Armed Forces

Even in the face of continued economic stagnation, France will remain steady with the budget for the military. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Defense Minister, presented the military bill on Friday in a French cabinet meeting, which will cover 2014 through 2019. The extensive bill was marked with six primary priorities, which reflect the country’s […]

Fabius Concludes State Visit to Indonesia on Note of Unity

Concluding the first French state visit to Indonesia in 17 years, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius spoke optimistically of a more “united” European Union and South Asian region to Indonesian government officials on Friday, August 2. Fabius spent two days in Jakarta, the nation’s capital, in order to help strengthen French economic relations with the nation. […]

France Seeks US, Israeli Imports to Upgrade Aging Drone Fleet

France is seeking to buy reconnaissance drones from the United States and Israel, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced on Sunday. According to Le Monde, France has already received clearance from the Pentagon to buy two Reaper drones. Now it is up to Congress to approve the sale. The newspaper reported that France hopes to […]

White Paper Reaffirms Defense Role, Cuts Budget

On Monday, April 29, more than four months after its expected release date, the French White Paper on Defense and National Security was released to President François Hollande. The document should have been released at the end of 2012, following a committee meeting and national debate. However, disturbed by a lack of political composition and […]

Transitioning from AFISMA to a United Nations Stabilization Operation MINUSMA

Thursday April 25, the Security Council of the United Nations unanimously approved a resolution put forward by the French government to bring in a UN peacekeeping force for Mali as of the July 1. Within the next 60 days the UN shall determine the area’s state of security is adequate to allow for their deployment […]

Proposed Defense Cuts in France Raise Concern

French officials are doing everything they can to improve France’s financial situation. The latest proposed budget cuts affect the French military, an idea with which many in France are naturally displeased. Many French troops serving in the French military intervention in Mali are hoping that when they return, they will have the opportunity to be […]

Identity of Dead Jihadist Remains Unclear

A photo taken by a RFI journalist in Tessalit, in Northern Mali, has added to the debate over whether or not two prominent Islamist militants remain active in Mali. The photograph is believed by some to be either of Abou Zeid and Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who may have been killed in an attack on March 2. […]

Death of Islamist Militant Leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar Unconfirmed in Mali Attack

Following a joint attack by the Chadian and French armies in Adrar des Ifoghas in North Mali Saturday, March 2 2013, Mokhtar Belmokhtar was pronounced to be amongst those killed.  However, conflicting reports have kept the former Al-Qaeda leader’s death from being confirmed Sunday, March 3. These accounts come on the heels of a raid on […]

Hollande: We are in “the final phase” of the operation in Mali

On Tuesday February 19, during his visit to Athens, Greece, French president François Hollande announced to the press the death of a second French soldier in Mali since the beginning of the French Intervention, Operation Serval, in January. The Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed that the man killed was 33 year-old staff sergeant Harold […]

France and Qatar Discuss Conflicting Views on Malian Conflict

French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Qatar February 10 for a brief visit of less than twenty-four hours, just a week after President Hollande visited Mali. France’s recent and heightened military intervention in Mali has drawn criticism from Qatar, and Le Drian met with the Crown Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on […]