Hard hit by the economic crisis, French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation has said it will cut several hundred jobs in the US, as well as putting around 2,000 French workers on forced leave from September to December.
The Indian defence ministry announced Thursday that it would not be ordering the Rafale military plane by Dassault. The contract, which would have been one of France's biggest defence deals, was worth 12 billion dollars for 126 planes.
US lawmakers gave a mixed response to Defense Secretary Robert Gates's plans to overhaul military spending. Senator John McCain, Republican head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said it was "a step in the right direction".
US President Barack Obama said plans to build a missile defence shield in Europe will move ahead as long as Iran poses a threat. Around 300 people gathered in Prague on Saturday to protest missile shield plans.
Around 50 French soldiers take part in the training of Afghan soldiers, both in Kabul's military training camp and in ground operations in Wardak province. FRANCE 24's correspondent Claire Billet went out to meet them.
On April 4, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known as NATO, turns 60. Nicolas Sarkozy has chosen this symbolic date to end 43 years of France's independence from the West's most powerful alliance.
As many French MPs protest against Sarkozy's wish to return to NATO command, Melissa Bell interviews Nicolas Dhuicq (UMP MP), Hall Gardner (AUP), Jacques Myard (UMP MP) and Olivier Ferrand (Terra Nova).