Keyword: Jean-Yves Le Drian

Central Africa 'won't sap France's military'

In visit to capital Bangui, defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian insists French mission in Central African Republic will be a success 'like Mali'.

Mali crisis: France announces big troop cuts

Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says 60% of troops will be withdrawn over three months, leaving a force of 1,000 French soldiers.

French officials can monitor internet users in real time under new law

Clause that allows police and other agencies to spy without authorisation is passed weeks after France expressed outrage at NSA revelations.

French military prepares 2014 cuts, far-right seeks to benefit

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'.

Pancake maker in hot water after revealing French minister's secret Afghan trip

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.

Salary software system leaves angry French troops unpaid

French defence minister promises that a software problem behind non-payment of salaries to French military will be fixed by Christmas.