French S. China Sea patrols?
EU steps up pressure on China.
French Navy Might Begin South China Sea Patrols this Year
Warships of the French Navy (the “Marine nationale”) are expected to begin patrols of the disputed South China Sea, perhaps by as early as this year, as the government of President François Hollande seeks to enforce its defense of the rules based international order.
France has also shown keen interest in leading naval patrols of the South China Sea by warships of the European Union (EU) to defend freedom of navigation. This freedom remains threatened by China’s opposition to the decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in favor of the Philippines that denied China’s claim to own most of the South China Sea.
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