Interviews

Exclusive interview with François Fillon

François Fillon

Continuing our series of interviews about the positioning of French political representatives relative to the Army and the defence industry in the run up to the French Presidential elections in 2017, today it is the turn of François Fillon, Republican candidate for the right and centre primary and currently member of parliament for the 2nd district of Paris to […]

Exclusive interview with Bruno Le Maire

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  As the campaign for the 2017 French presidential election picks up speed with the first televised debates, here is the continuation of our series of interviews with primary hopefuls to try and establish where they stand in regards to the Army and the land armaments’ industry. Today we turn to Bruno Le Maire, candidate […]

Exclusive interview of Alain Juppé on land defence

Juppé @ Eurosatory 2016 - Crédits GICAT

Continuing our new series of interviews about the positioning of French political representatives relative to the Army and the defence industry in the run up to the French Presidential elections in 2017, today it is the turn of Alain Juppé, candidate in the Republican primaries and currently Mayor of Bordeaux, to set out his programme. […]

Portrait of a Belgian battalion: part 2

The men of the 12/13Li deployed in Mali for the EUTM (Credit: la Défense - Sedeyn Ritchie)

Yesterday we published the first part of an interview with Lt Colonel Manuel Monin, commander of the Belgian Army’s 12/13 Line Battalion. Below is the second and last part, centred on the role played by this unit in the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM).   Why is the 12/13 deployed in Mali rather […]

Portrait of a Belgian battalion

12/13Li soldiers patrolling the streets of Brussels (Credit: Marc Ganser / 12/13Li

Overshadowed in the past weeks by the migrants’ crisis, anti-terrorism operations nevertheless continue in Belgium: the occasion for FOB to meet the 12th Line Prince Leopold/13th Line (or 12/13Li) battalion, one of the Belgian Army’s most sought after units both inside the country for operation Vigilant Guardian and on foreign theatres of operation with the […]

Interview with General de la Motte: part 2

Major General Olivier Gourlez de la Motte, commander of the French Army Light Aviation (ALAT)

Yesterday we published the first half of our exclusive interview with Major General Olivier Gourlez de la Motte, commander of the ALAT. Here is the second half: But in Libya there were no ground troops and yet helicopters participated intensely in the Harmattan mission. That is a fair remark. I would look at the question […]

Interview with General de la Motte, commander French Army helicopters

Major General Olivier Gourlez de la Motte, commander of the French Army Light Aviation (ALAT)

FOB will, from time to time, publish exclusive interviews with personalities from the land and air-land sectors. We start with the air-land sector and Major General Olivier Gourlez de la Motte, the commander of the ALAT (Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre), the French Army’s helicopters, who was kind enough to accept our invitation and […]