PARIS French President Francois Hollande will pay a visit to on Friday military personnel on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier off the Syrian coast, his workplace mentioned in a statement.
“He will meet the military involved in intensifying the battle against Daesh (Islamic State) in Syria and Iraq,” the statement mentioned.
The carrier, which has 38 warplanes on board, was deployed to the east Mediterranean just days after Islamic State claimed duty for attacks in Paris that killed 130 individuals on Nov. 13.
The two-hour check out, scheduled to start at 1400 GMT (0900 ET), comes just two days prior to the very first round of regional elections in which Hollande’s ruling Socialist party is anticipated to be defeated by the conservatives and far-proper parties.
Hollande’s recognition rose to its highest level in three years a poll showed on Tuesday, with voters backing his robust handling of the post-attack period.
France was the initial country to join US-led air strikes in Iraq and because the Paris attacks it has stepped up its aerial bombing campaign of Islamic State in Syria, focusing particularly on its stronghold in Raqqa and oil-associated targets.
Over the last week, fighter jets have struck a lot more than 20 occasions in Iraq supporting neighborhood troop advancements in locations near Baiji, Sinjar and about the city of Ramadi, the French army stated on Wednesday.
The carrier holds some 1,900 personnel and is accompanied by an attack submarine, numerous frigates, refueling ships, as effectively as fighter jets and surveillance aircraft.
(Reporting by John Irish Editing by Ingrid Melander)