France to Deploy Aircraft Carrier Against Islamic State: Hollande

A French navy Dolphin helicopter approaches the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle operating in the Gulf on February 26, 2015. French warplanes carried out their first strikes on February 25, 2015 since the warship joined the fight against jihadists in Iraq. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read …
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France will deploy its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to the Middle East in the autumn to participate in operations against Islamic State militants, President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday.

“The battle group, which includes the Charles de Gaulle, will again be deployed to operation Chammal… because we have to strike back at those who attacked us here in January and November 2015,” Hollande said during a speech ahead of the French national day military parade on July 14.

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