Exercise Skyros: India-France to undertake joint exercise with Rafales this month

New Delhi, Jan 02: Come January 19 and four Rafale fighters of the French Air Force will land in India to take part in joint exercises with the Indian Air Force’s Golden Arrow Squadron with was resurrected with the induction of the Rafale fighter jets in September last year.

The exercises have been planned between January 19 and 25 in the skies over Rajasthan. The four fighters will also take part in in joint exercises with the Australian Air Force before landing in India.

The Rafales from France will be accompanied by the Airbus A 330 multi-role tanker transport aircraft for aerial refuelling support.

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France advises keeping Pakistan origin technicians away from Rafale fighters

New Delhi, Nov 20: In the wake of India’s security concerns, France has has issued directions to keep Pakistan origin, technicians away from the Rafale fighter jet under the export control regime. 

France has also told Qatar, one of the countries that bought the Rafale jets, not to allow Pakistan origin techincians to work with the plane. This is because the Pakistan origin technicians could leak information about the jets to Islamabad. 

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India prepares to induct more Rafale jets: IAF team in France

New Delhi, Oct 15: A team of the Indian Air Force led by a two star officer is in France to review the progress of the Rafale project. The second batch of fighters is set to reach their home base at Ambala in the next few weeks.

The IAF is expecting three Rafale jets to delivered every two months. All the planes are likely to join the IAF fleet by the end of the year. The team in France is headed by the assistant chief of air staff (projects). The team reached France earlier this week for a review of the project. 

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Amidst tensions with China, India’s back-to-back diplomacy with France

france-rajnathNew Delhi, July 01: India has got an assurance of steadfast support from France, amidst the stand-off with China. France assured India of steadfast support of its armed forces.

This was offered in a letter written by Defence Minister of the Western European Union Nation, Florence Parly to India’s Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh.

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Diplomatic rejig: New Ambassadors to France, Nepal cleared

Jawed Ashraf

New Delhi, Jan 14: The appointment of 1991 batch IFS officer, Jawed Ashraf has been cleared by the Narendra Modi government as the next Ambassador to France.

He replaces, Vinay Kwatra, an 1988 batch IFS officer, who will be posted in Nepal. Kwatra is being sent as a replacement for Manjiv Puri.

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Nice Terror- “Keep Eiffel Tower Dark until ISIS conquers France”

niceKeep the Eiffel Tower Dark until the ISIS conquers France. This is one of the many chilling messages posted by ISIS sympathisers following the deadly NICE truck attack in which nearly 77 have been killed.
The ISIS which is likely to claim credit for the attack as it has always been quick to do so in the past had posted several messages online celebrating the NICE attack.

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France: 80 dead in NICE terror attack

nice1Paris, July 15: In one of the most horrific attacks to have hit France, a person in a truck killed 77 and injured several more when he drove a truck at high speed into a crowd that was watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday.
The police have killed the driver who drove the 25 tonne truck. Reports suggest that the man drover the truck for over a 100 meters into the crowd. The killer had also opened fire at the crowd. Local report state that 42 persons continue to remain in critical condition.

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Terror attacks inspired in Syria and made elsewhere in the world

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said on Sunday. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state, the statement said. REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3WBPT

He also spoke about strengthening France’s role in both Iraq and Syria. Strengthening its fight in Syria and Iraq is one part of the plan. But the other issue is that the ISIS does not restrict itself to Syria or Iraq alone. It is fully aware that the battle in Syria and Iraq is virtually lost.

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How India and France can fight terrorism

modihollIndia and France have signed several pacts and one among them is fighting terror together. Both India and France share a common problem where terrorism is concerned and security experts say that the joint cooperation will go a long way in combating the problem.
While France has been fighting in Syria against the ISIS, India may not join the war along with the rest of the nations. India has made it clear that it would only be part of a coalition fighting the ISIS if the United Nations passes a resolution.

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Paris attacks: Did the French let their guard down?

franceThe Paris attack has shocked the world and now with the investigations underway, various questions are bound to be raised which would range from Intelligence sharing and preparedness of the French forces in their own country.

The writing was on the wall and post the Charlie Hebdo attack, there were two other strikes apart from 6 or more attempts to hit France that were foiled.

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