France Investigates Accusations that Soldiers Raped Children

This April 11, 2014 file image shows French forces patrolling in Sibut, some 200kms (140 miles) northeast of Bangui, Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

PARIS — French prosecutors and military authorities are investigating accusations that French soldiers in Central African Republic sexually abused children they were sent to protect. The French probes follow an initial United Nations investigation into the allegations a year ago — all of which were kept secret until a report in the Guardian new... more

French Aircraft Carrier Deploys Against IS Fighters in Iraq

PARIS  — France has deployed an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf to strengthen its military operation against Islamic State extremists in Iraq. President Francois Hollande announced days after deadly attacks by Islamic radicals in Paris last month that France would dispatch the Charles de Gaulle carrier to the Middle East, to work more clos... more

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

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