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France Sending 1K Troops to Central African Rep.

PARIS - France will send 1,000 troops to Central African Republic to keep growing chaos at bay, the defense minister said Tuesday, announcing his country's second military foray into a troubled former colony this year. The confirmation from Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian came a day after a top U.N. official warned of mass atrocities and po... more

French Police Arrest Suspect over Soldier Stabbing

PARIS - French police on Wednesday arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with a knife attack on a soldier in Paris. The man, who is suspected of having links to radical Islamists, was arrested in the southwestern Paris suburb of La Verriere, the Interior Ministry said. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins was to give further details at a press ... more

Veto May Address French Defense Ownership Concerns

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This article first appeared in Aviation Week & Space Technology. France has maintained a degree of state control over its strategic defense industries for decades, but government bungling in managing its shareholdings has led to calls instead for U.S.-style veto power over ownership changes on national security grounds, a regulatory shift that ... more

French Need A400M, Due This Year

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This article first appeared in Aviation Week & Space Technology. France's intervention in Mali is testing its legacy air transport fleet as the French air force supports ground forces fighting an advance by Al Qaeda-linked insurgents toward the Malian capital. French C-160 Transalls, C-130 Hercules and Airbus A310 and A340 aircraft have been t... more

France Affirms Nuclear Arms Despite Military Cuts

OLIVET, France - France's president says the country will maintain its costly nuclear arsenal despite looming military budget cuts, saying the weapons are essential for national defense. President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that global security threats have made nuclear weapons essential for France, which is the only country in continenta... more

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