In interview with FRANCE 24 the French president said he would be proposing military action to combat migrant slave trading.
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.
French FM slammed Libyan politicians blocking formation of a government of national untity needed for planned Western intervention against IS.
Threatened at home, only 73 of the 258 former Afghan auxiliaries in French army who requested visas to live in France have been granted them.
President Hollande says spending will rise by nearly €4bn over four years from 2016 to tackle threats 'at home and overseas'.
Three centres for the new Voluntary Military Service will open this year for 1,000 youngsters who have dropped out of the educational system.
The French authorities set up 'Military Campaign Brothels' in a bid to control sexually transmitted diseases that affected up to 30% of troops.
US defence officials say they will ask for cost of helping France fight insurgents in Sahel region of Africa to be 'reimbursed'.
When François Hollande was elected head of state in May 2012, General Benoît Puga expected to be removed from the powerful position as chief military advisor to the French president that he had held under Nicolas Sarkozy. Instead Puga was kept on, and has even seen his influence grow following French military interventions in Mali and the Central African Republic. “He's taking control of the president's brain,” is the view of some at the ministry of defence. Increasingly, Puga's role at the Elysée Palace is causing annoyance among MPs from the ruling Socialist Party, not least because of the general's known right-wing sympathies. In the meantime, argues Thomas Cantaloube, Puga's continuing presence at the heart of government tells us a great deal about the Sarkozy years, the way Hollande exercises power and about the fawning and secret nature of this five-star general himself.
Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian presents 36-page report and says there will be 'zero tolerance' for assaults and harassment of women recruits.
On a visit to the Central African Republic, the French president pledged strong military support to avoid a break-up of the strife-torn country.
The country is using military intervention in Africa for humanitarian means – but also to boost its leader's dismal poll rankings.
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'.
President François Hollande has just become involved in a large-scale war in Mali. Already some 800 French troops are on the ground in the African country, with the number expected to increase to 2,500 in the coming days and weeks. Meanwhile French aircraft have been carrying out strikes across the country. President Hollande sent in the troops last Friday, January 11th, after Mali's interim president made an urgent plea for help as Islamic rebels headed towards the country's capital. However, argues Mediapart's editor François Bonnet, the intervention has taken place in an impromptu manner, with shifting objectives, an unclear timetable and after having deliberately ignored the complex processes of political negotiations. As a result, he says, France finds itself alone without its European allies in a country that has completely fallen apart.