France, Germany to share military facilities post Brexit


Paris and Berlin announce plans to share air base and transport planes, probably at Orléans in central France, as part of a closer defence policy.

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France and Germany announced plans to share an air base and transport planes as part of a military shake-up in the wake of Britain's vote to quit the European Union, reports RFI.

The two countries signed an agreement with a view to sharing C-130J Super Hercules military transport planes, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in Paris.

His German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen, in Paris to sign the deal, told reporters both countries wanted to have the new arrangement in place by 2021.

France ordered four C-130Js from US company Lockheed in January. Germany was looking to acquire between four and six of the same aircraft and to base them in France, said Von der Leyen. The two countries were looking at using an air base in Orleans, central France, she added.

A member of Le Drian's team said the idea was to make the planes operational for both French and German crew in a first for the two air forces.

Read more of this report from RFI.

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