The Prime Minister came this Saturday to meet the crew of the Charles-de-Gaulle, who returned from their mission the day before.
«Reclaiming our economic sovereignty and our competitiveness begins on the seas and oceans», Declared Prime Minister Jean Castex this Saturday morning, aboard the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle, off Toulon (Var). Accompanied by the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly, the head of government also reaffirmed “the ambition that France occupies the first place in the great maritime century which is opening before us“, Evoking these”new challenges such as the territorialization of the sea and the seabed».
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«France is there», Insisted the Prime Minister, who came to meet the crew of the Charles-de-Gaulle, the day after the end of the Clémenceau 21 mission which took the vessel to the Eastern Mediterranean then to the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf. -Persique, as part of Operation Chammal, the French component of the international anti-jihadist operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria. “She is committed to peace, nothing can silence her, and if some lost power were tempted to attack its vital interests, let it know that it will have to pay the price.“, Continued the head of government, in front of some 300 sailors gathered in the large hangar of the ship.
Coming back to the 2018 military programming law, Jean Castex considered that it was notably “unprecedented by its ambition“, With a military budget which will be on average 40 billion euros per year between 2019 and 2023, against 32 billion on average from 2007 to 2015.”This effort was necessary and we will continue it“Said the Prime Minister, stating that he will present to the National Assembly and the Senate on June 22 and 23 how this law is and will be implemented,”in an evolving context, (..) with reconfigured terrorist movements and new technologies emerging».
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On board the Charles-de-Gaulle, Jean Castex also attended the landing and catapulting qualifications of several young naval pilots.