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France backs away from joint carrier project


Sam Roggeveen


23 June 2008 10:22

A further note on France's recently released Defence White Paper: that document cast some doubt on the proposal for France and the UK to jointly build aircraft carriers, and now it seems President Sarkozy has definitively scrapped the idea. This will at least delay by some years France's ambitions for a second carrier (France's navy currently has one nuclear powered carrier, Charles de Gaulle), and may end those ambitions altogether. So although France acknowledges the strategic importance of the Asia Pacific in its White Paper, it is reducing its ability to influence events in the region.

Or maybe not. The London Times coverage of this story included one reader comment that offers France a potential solution:

We could always hire the French one of our carriers whilst le Charles de Gaulle is in for a refit but they would have to put up with it being right-hand drive.

Photo (of the carrier Charles de Gaulle) by Flickr user Big Guy, used under a Creative Commons license.