France sends Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to the Middle East

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Source: Arabic.Net – Agencies

The French Ministry of Defense announced today, Wednesday, the departure of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier on a mission to the Middle East in support of the international coalition against ISIS.

On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron said, “The Naval-Air Force will go from January to April in support of Operation North (the French part of the international coalition process, before it is deployed to the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea).”

Macron stressed that the aircraft carrier will be at the core of joint operations between several European countries, explaining that “Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Greece will participate in keeping up with” Charles de Gaulle “during its operations.”

The French President pointed out that “this European power, as is the case with our deployment in the Baltic countries, will come to strengthen the link between the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean and to strengthen NATO, and this is additional evidence that European defense and NATO are two pillars of one structure.”

Macron stressed that “in the Near and Middle East, and despite the transformations taking place in the region, our forces participating in Operation North continue their operations in combating ISIS, whose threat remains present, in a latent and more subtle way.”



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