Keyword: Jean-Yves Le Drian
The new operation, codenamed Barkhan, will start soon in the largely lawless Sahel in partnership with five countries from the African region.
Defence minister says the mission of the soldiers will be to fight Islamist militias and other armed groups in north Mali, northern Niger and Chad.
The death brings total number of French soldiers killed in Mali to eight since France launched military operations in the country in January 2013.
Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian presents 36-page report and says there will be 'zero tolerance' for assaults and harassment of women recruits.
France will also offer to send four fighter jets to Baltic states to boost NATO air patrols over the region should the military alliance request them.
French defence and foreign ministers 'strongly' urge EU members to do more, saying military contributions so far 'fall short' of what is needed.
Jean-Yves Le Drian starts a tour of the region to discuss the crisis in Central African republic (CAR) as fresh wave of violence erupts.
Measures include roll-outs of secure telephones, encryption technology and network surveillance to protect computer systems exposed to hacking.
Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says UN will probably have to extend France's military mandate in the country when it expires in May.
In visit to capital Bangui, defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian insists French mission in Central African Republic will be a success 'like Mali'.
Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says 60% of troops will be withdrawn over three months, leaving a force of 1,000 French soldiers.
Clause that allows police and other agencies to spy without authorisation is passed weeks after France expressed outrage at NSA revelations.
Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says 7,881 jobs will be cut next year but promises that by 2019 France will have 'the leading army in Europe'.
Defence minister's planned surprise New Year's Eve visit to Afghanistan is revealed in clumsy PR release by Breton firm supplying pancakes to troops.
French defence minister promises that a software problem behind non-payment of salaries to French military will be fixed by Christmas.