France to deploy Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to support operations in Middle East

File photo of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier off the coast of Toulon, southern France. EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE SIMON / POOL

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France will deploy the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and its battle group from January to April to support French military operations in the Middle East, Emmanuel Macron said.

“The aircraft carrier will support Chammal operations (in the Middle East) from January to April 2020 before deploying to the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea”, Macron said at a New Year speech to the French military.

The deployment comes amid growing tensions between Iran and the United States, and French concerns that the fight against Islamic State militants may be weakened within that context.

Via France 24/ Reuters

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