Articles Tagged: France

French intelligence fears Islamist ‘missile strike on airliner’ or 9/11-style attack

French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest and fear there could be a missile strike on a passenger airliner or a September 11-style attack, according to sources close to French intelligence. “Airlines have been warned of a possible attack on a plane with an anti-tank missile,” a source told The Telegraph. “But pilots are unsure how to take evasive action.”

France Says No New Target Date For Iran Nuclear Talks

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said Iran nuclear talks will go past their June 30 target date and the negotiators have decided not to set a new date to conclude negotiations. Fabius told reporters in New York on June 29 that he plans to return to Vienna this week as Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States work to finalize a final deal under which Tehran would curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Georgia to Buy Advanced Air Defense Missiles From France

France will supply Georgia with advanced air defense missile systems in line with a contract signed in Paris earlier this month, a Georgian news website reported on Saturday. On June 15 Georgian Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli signed an agreement with ThalesRaytheonSystems President Gerome Bedel for the purchase of “advanced” air defense systems that will “guarantee the country’s air defense,” Khidasheli said.

U.S., France Expand Space Data-sharing Agreement

U.S. Strategic Command and the French Ministry of Defense have expanded their Space Situational Awareness (SSA) data-sharing agreement to include classified information, the countries announced April 16 at the 31st Space Symposium here.

Cyber attack takes down Dutch government sites

A cyber-attack took down most of the Dutch government’s websites on Tuesday, it has been confirmed. The attack, which also took down some private sites, highlighted the vulnerability of public infrastructure. It came as the US beefed up its defences, and followed warnings that sites belonging to the French authorities had been targeted.

2014’s launch tally highest in two decades

There were more successful space launches in 2014 than in any year since 1992, with Russia, the United States and China responsible for more than 80 percent of global launch activity. Russia had the most liftoffs with 36 orbital launch attempts — 34 were deemed complete successes — and the United States came in second with 23 space launches, with all but one reaching its intended target.

French Company Suspends Sale of Spy Satellites to Russian Military

A French satellite company has suspended a deal with Moscow to build spy satellites for the Russian military amid U.S. concerns the satellites will contain U.S.-origin technology and violate sanctions and U.S. export controls.

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