Keyword: Jean-Yves Le Drian
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Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says 60% of troops will be withdrawn over three months, leaving a force of 1,000 French soldiers.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.