Keyword: NATO

France's Hollande says he will finish mandate and rejects 'anti-poor' jibe

Beleaguered president says he was 'elected for five years by the French people' and that serving the poor is the 'reason for my existence'.

Last French combat troops leave Afghanistan

Departure comes two years before a deadline for all NATO combat forces to withdraw, hastened by attacks and a change of government in Paris.

Four French troops dead, five wounded in Afghanistan suicide attack

Four French troops were killed and another five wounded in a suicide bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday.

US confident of France's commitment to NATO

The United States is confident of France's commitment to NATO regardless of who wins the upcoming presidential election, say White House officials.

Britain and France jostle to 'rebuild' Libya's oilfields

Hoping to reap rewards, Britain and France are engaged in a race to ‘rebuild' Libya and get oil, lifeblood of the shattered economy, flowing again.

Afghan civilians killed by French soldier

A French soldier has opened fire on a civilian vehicle in Afghanistan, killing three people including a woman and child.

France says cease-fire deal could include Gadhafi remaining in Libya

France is ready to consider Moammar Gaddafi remaining in Libya if he quits politics as part of a cease-fire, says French foreign minister.

Why this war on Gaddafi is a trap

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The civil war in Libya continues as the NATO-led military campaign against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces still fails to break the deadlock. France, the US, and UK have said a change of regime is not their goal, but also that they will not stop bombing until Gaddafi has gone. Meanwhile, NATO foreign ministers failed on Friday to agree for a call for more strike planes to assist the operation.

Mediapart Editor-in-Chief Edwy Plenel argues here why military intervention was a misconceived campaign, a dupery led by French President Nicolas Sarkozy primarily for internal political considerations.