NATO: France increases its military presence on the eastern flank with tanks and armored vehicles

NATO: France increases its military presence on the eastern flank with tanks and armored vehicles

Europe 1 with AFP
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7:26 p.m. Oct. 11, 2022

France will increase its military presence on NATO’s eastern flank by deploying armored infantry vehicles (VBCI) and Leclerc tanks in Romania in the coming weeks, according to the Armed Forces Ministry. France is the framework nation for a NATO mission in Romania, which currently has 350 French soldiers.

France will increase its military presence on NATO’s eastern flank by deploying armored infantry vehicles (VBCI) and Leclerc tanks in Romania and reinforcements in Estonia in the coming weeks, its foreign minister announced on Tuesday.

President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to “increase our defensive stance on Europe’s eastern flank” was made “given the situation on NATO’s eastern flank” and “the violence of the fighting in Ukraine,” argued French minister Sébastien Lecornu during a Senate Defense Committee hearing.

Rafale fighter jets in action

France is the framework nation for a NATO mission in Romania, which currently has 350 French soldiers, as well as Belgians and Dutch. Paris is preparing to double its on-site workforce in November with a dozen VBCIs and a dozen Leclerc tanks, according to a military source.

“We will also continue to strengthen our defensive position in Lithuania,” with the use of Rafale fighter jets to provide air policing, “and in Estonia, where a reinforced light infantry company will be stationed,” equipped with Griffon vehicles, i. H. A hundred extra men, added the French Minister for the Armed Forces. Today around 300 French soldiers are stationed in Estonia as part of NATO.

Reference: www.europe1.fr

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