July 13, 2016 / 5:07 PM / a year ago

France to deploy aircraft carrier against Islamic State: Hollande

File photo show Rafale and Super Etendards fighter jets are parked prior to a mission aboard France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier sailing in the Gulf, January 28, 2016. France will deploy its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to the Middle East in the autumn to participate in operations against Islamic State militants, the French President said July 13, 2016. Picture taken January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - France will deploy its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to the Middle East in the autumn to participate in operations against Islamic State militants, President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday.

“The battle group, which includes the Charles de Gaulle, will again be deployed to operation Chammal... because we have to strike back at those who attacked us here in January and November 2015,” Hollande said during a speech ahead of the French national day military parade on July 14.

Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Writing by Bate Felix; editing by John Irish

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