Beheaded teacher: French ministers leave Elysée after Defence Council | AFP

French Prime Minister Jean Castex, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly leave the Elysée Palace at the end of the Defence Council which had met with Emmanuel Macron to study “concrete answers”, after the beheading of a school teacher on Friday.

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India: launch of Rafale fighter jets with French Defence Minister | AFP

French Defence minister Florence Parly attends a ceremony in India marking the induction of Rafale fighter jets into the Indian Air Force. India has bought 36 Rafale fighters from France in a deal estimated to be worth $9.4 billion. All are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2021.

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French military pays national tribute to soldiers killed in Mali | AFP

In the barracks of the 1st regiment of parachute hussars of Tarbes, France’s minister for the armed forces, Florence Parly, presides over a national tribute to the two French soldiers who were killed Saturday in Mali.

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Commemorations begin on 80th anniversary of de Gaulle resistance broadcast | AFP

For the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s Appeal of 18 June radio broadcast, Emmanuel Macron presides over a ceremony at the Mont Valérien Memorial near Paris, the main place of execution of resistance fighters and hostages during the Second World War. The French President is accompanied by Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces. IMAGES

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French minister: “There was no nuclear accident” on submarine | AFP

France’s minister of the armed forces insists there was “no nuclear accident”, after a fire broke out on a nuclear submarine on Friday morning. The vessel “La Perle” had been undergoing renovations in a drydock in Toulon when the incident happened. Firefighters extinguished the blaze after 14 hours. Minister Florence Parly says there were no casualties and no risk of radiation because the nuclear fuel had been removed. SOUNDBITE

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Map: French forces kill Al-Qaeda leader in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali | AFP

A map shows the city of Tessalit in Mali. French forces have killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Algerian Abdelmalek Droukdel, in Mali, French Defence Minister Florence Parly says. Droukdel was killed on Thursday in the northwest Mali town of Tessalit. “Many of his close associates” were also “neutralised”, Parly says. IMAGES

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French Defence Minister pays tribute to soldiers killed in Mali helicopter collision | AFP

French Defence Minister Florence Parly pays tribute to the 13 soldiers killed in Mali in a helicopter crash. The collision between two helicopters during an operation against insurgents in the country’s restive north is the French military’s heaviest single loss in nearly four decades. SOUNDBITE

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French foreign, defence ministers meet Russian counterparts in Moscow | AFP

French Defence Minister Florence Parly and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian meet their Russian counterparts in Moscow. France and Russia have not held a ‘2+2’ format meeting, dedicated to security issues, since the Ukraine crisis of 2014. Macron met with Putin in France last month and has called for a renewed push to resolve the five-year conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Macron announced the summit — which would involve the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine — after his meeting with Putin but no date has been set. IMAGES

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France hands over 1400 assault rifles to C.Africa

France hands over 1,400 assault rifles to the Central African armed forces (Faca), thus reaffirming, in the face of Russia’s growing influence, its support for the conflict-torn country. French Defence Minister Florence Parly oversaw the handover at a ceremony at M’Polo military base in the capital Bangui. IMAGES