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Syria: Francois Hollande Visits the Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle

The Elysée announced the imminent arrival of the Head of State on the aircraft carrier deployed off the coast of Syria …

The head of state, Francois Hollande goes this Friday on the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, deployed in the eastern Mediterranean to participate in operations in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic state group, announced the Elysee this morning.

“The president leaves today (Friday) for the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle deployed off the coast of Syria. He will meet soldiers engaged in operations to intensify the fight against Daech in Syria and Iraq, “said the presidency in a statement.

President Hollande visits the Aircraft Carrier, Charles de Gaulle
The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (c) – WITT / SIPA

Speaking at the end of the afternoon from the aircraft carrier

The president, army chief, will arrive at the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier at 1.30pm Paris time, thus making for the first time in the theatre of military operations against French Daesh. His visit comes three weeks after the attacks of November 13 committed by jihadists  who made ​​130 dead and several hundred injured in Paris.

The visit includes meeting fighter pilots and engineers working on the aircraft carrier. He will speak in the late afternoon on the building where about 2,000 people are present. He will also witness, according to the Elysee, catapulting aircraft Rafale and Super Etendard during the night on their way to missions in Syria.

The commitment of the French aircraft carrier to participate in operations against the Islamic State group was announced on November 5 by the Elysée, after a meeting of the defence counsel. It had sailed from Toulon on November 18 and led his first strike in Syria on November 23.

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