On November 3rd France's armed forces minister Sébastien Lecornu visited French troops who have been deployed in Romania as part of a NATO mission. However, despite the upbeat photo opportunities, some of the soldiers stationed there complain of logistical failings, a lack of food and poor living conditions. Justine Brabant reports.
France's defence minister Florence Parly has confirmed that a French army lieutenant-colonel, whose identity was not released, has been arrested for passing secret information to Russia, which reportedly happened as he prepared to leave France to return to his post with NATO's southern command headquarters in Naples.
Weeks after an incident in which France accused Turkish warships of intimidating one of its frigates, the French defence ministry has announced it is suspending its role in Nato's Mediterranean operation Sea Guardian, accusing Turkey of violating an arms embargo against Libya.
At a press conference in London ahead of a summit to mark Nato's 70th anniversary, US President Donlad Trump said comments earlier this month by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron who said the military alliance was 'brain dead' were 'very, very nasty' and 'disrespectful', adding a jibe that France was 'not doing well economically at all'.
German foreign minister Heiko Maas, reacting to French President Emmanuel Macron's remark last week that the North Atlantic Treatty Organisation, NATO, was 'brain dead', has said that 'without the United States, neither Germany nor Europe will be able to effectively protect themselves'.
In an interview with the magazine The Economist ahead of a London summit to mark 70th anniversary of the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (Nato), French President Emmanuel Macron said weakening US commitment to the alliance has depleted its strength and that 'What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of Nato', while he urged Europe to think of itself as a 'geopolitical power' to ensure it remained 'in control' of its destiny.
In a military base not far from the city of Orleans south of Paris, a top-security factory ensures France is well-prepared for a range of chemical and biological threats. Even when there is no imminent danger some 30 million to 40 million pills are made each year – and destroyed when they pass their expiry date. Mediapart's Rozenn Le Saint was given rare access.
French President Emmanuel Macron interviewed in French weekly JDD said the widely commented handshake duel with his US counterpart Donald Trump, when the two met for the first time last week in Brussels, was 'a moment of truth' with a man he said was, along with Russian President Vladidmir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Erdoğan, 'in a logic of relations of power'.
French officials said Turkish President Recep Erdogan has said he will examine the case of French photographer Mathias Depardon, arrested earlier this month while on an assignment for National Geographic magazine in south-east Turkey, after French President Emmanuel Macron raised the issue with him ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels.
French President Emmanuel Macron met with US President Donald Trump at the US ambassador to Belgium's private residence in Brussles on Thursday, on the sidelines of a NATO summit, after which Macron said they had a 'long' and 'very frank' discussion on 'all subjects', when he urged the US not to withdraw support for the Paris Climate agreement pledges.