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Dec 19, 2013

Dassault hopeful to seal India Rafale deal in coming months

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s defence minister played down another sales failure for the Dassault-made Rafale fighter jet in Brazil, saying he was confident there would soon be better news from tenders in India and Gulf Arab countries.

Built by Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research), the Rafale has still not found a foreign buyer for its multi-role jet, billed to be one of the most effective and sophisticated fighter jets in the world, but also one of the most expensive.

Dec 19, 2013

France soothes nerves over Dassault jets after Brazil setback

PARIS, Dec 19 (Reuters) – France’s defence minister played
down another sales failure for the Dassault-made Rafale fighter
jet in Brazil, saying he was confident there would soon be
better news from tenders in India and Gulf Arab countries.

Built by Dassault Aviation, the Rafale has still
not found a foreign buyer for its multi-role jet, billed to be
one of the most effective and sophisticated fighter jets in the
world, but also one of the most expensive.

Dec 17, 2013

France says EU countries to send troops to C. African Republic

PARIS/BANGUI, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Some European countries
will send troops to support a French-African mission to restore
order in Central African Republic, French Foreign Minister
Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday, as more violence was reported
outside the capital Bangui.

France has deployed 1,600 troops to its former colony to
prevent worsening violence between Christian militias and
largely Muslim Seleka rebels who ousted ex-President Francois
Bozize.

Dec 17, 2013

France says EU countries to send troops to Central African Republic

PARIS/BANGUI (Reuters) – Some European countries will send troops to support a French-African mission to restore order in Central African Republic, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday.

France has deployed 1,600 troops to its former colony to prevent worsening violence between Christian militias and largely Muslim Seleka rebels who ousted ex-President Francois Bozize.

Dec 14, 2013

U.S., Britain have not helped Syrian rebels enough, Saudi prince says

MONACO (Reuters) – Opponents of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad have been at an impossible disadvantage since the start of the Syrian conflict because the United States and Britain refused to help them, an influential Saudi Arabian prince said on Saturday.

The United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to northern Syria on Thursday after reports that Islamic Front – a union of six major rebel groups – had taken buildings belonging to the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Syrian Military Council on the border with Turkey.

Dec 14, 2013

France, Africa must treat CAR conflict as war, ex-PM says

MONACO (Reuters) – French and African forces intervening in Central African Republic must wage war against the Seleka rebels and not just aim to restore security, a former prime minister said.

Anicet Dologuele, who plans to run for president in the next election, said interim authorities needed to do more to prevent the escalation in religious violence to help restore the people’s faith in the country’s politicians.

Dec 9, 2013

French troops may find Central African Republic mission easier than Mali

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s intervention to quell violence in Central African Republic may prove simpler militarily than the campaign it waged against al Qaeda-linked Islamists in Mali this year, defense experts said.

But, in a country the size of France, imposing state authority after decades of coups, rebellions and poor governance will take years and risks tying Paris down longer than it wants.

Dec 9, 2013

French troops may find C. African Republic mission easier than Mali

PARIS, Dec 9 (Reuters) – France’s intervention to quell
violence in Central African Republic may prove simpler
militarily than the campaign it waged against al Qaeda-linked
Islamists in Mali this year, defence experts said.

But, in a country the size of France, imposing state
authority after decades of coups, rebellions and poor governance
will take years and risks tying Paris down longer than it wants.

Dec 6, 2013

France agrees to help African nations set up military force

PARIS (Reuters) – France agreed on Friday to help African nations create a joint military force to tackle coups, wars and rebellions on the continent, after the former colonial power was forced into its second military operation in Africa this year.

Paris deployed troops to Central African Republic on Friday after it secured U.N. backing for a mission to quell sectarian violence in the nation of 4.6 million people. That followed a French operation to dislodge al Qaeda-linked fighters from the deserts of northern Mali this year.

Dec 6, 2013

France’s Hollande urges Africa to take control of its own security

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande urged African leaders on Friday to take a grip on their continent’s security by creating a long-delayed regional force, after Paris was forced into its second military operation this year.

Paris deployed troops to Central African Republic on Friday after it won U.N. backing for a mission to quell mounting religious violence in the nation of 4.6 million people. That followed a massive French operation to dislodge al Qaeda-linked fighters from the deserts of northern Mali this year.