Emmanuel Macron joins the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to celebrate Christmas with the troops

Wiliam Molinié (special envoy to the Middle East), edited by Ophélie Artaud
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7:30 p.m., December 19, 2022

The President of the Republic is going on Monday to the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, currently on a mission off the Libyan coast, to find members of the French navy, as part of the traditional Christmas party for the troops. The opportunity for the Head of State to give his support and his confidence to the armies, according to his entourage.

After Qatar where he was this Sunday to follow the World Cup final, direction Egypt for Emmanuel Macron. Takeoff this Monday morning from Doha and scheduled landing on the deck of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the afternoon to find the flagship of the French navy on a mission off the Libyan coast, as part of the traditional Christmas celebration with The troops. A tradition that had to be put on hold because of the Covid in 2019 and 2020.

Last year, the head of state was to go to Mali with the Barkhane force. But relations with the ruling junta were at their worst, so much so that the Élysée had canceled the trip at the last moment. This Monday evening, he therefore returned to Christmas for the troops to give his support and his confidence to the armies.

Emmanuel Macron in Jordan on Tuesday

“Coming from all walks of French society, you are individually and collectively among the best in the world in mastering this complex, but necessary art, which is the implementation of combat aviation at sea and from of the sea, and I am proud of it”, he declared in particular, addressing the soldiers currently off the coast of Egypt, on a mission to strengthen NATO’s deterrence posture against Russia. A dinner with the sailors is planned for the evening.

The flagship of the French Navy left Toulon on November 15, accompanied by tanker frigates, a nuclear submarine and combat aircraft. President Macron will sleep on the aircraft carrier before heading to Jordan on Tuesday for the Baghdad conference. Second edition which aims to bring together around Iraq the main players in the region, including Iran and Saudi Arabia.


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