French Defence minister Jean-Yves le Drian arrives at the Elysee Presidential palace in Paris, for a meeting with French President focused on the Malian situation on January 14, 2013. More than 60 Islamists were killed in their bases near the northern Malian city of Gao under intense bombardment by French air power, a security source and residents said today. 'France has attacked Islam. We will strike at the heart of France,' said Abou Dardar, a leader of Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, an offshoot of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), speaking to AFP by telephone. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD
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Former hostage, Serge Lazarevic is welcomed by French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (R) as French President Francois Hollande embraces Clement Verdon, son of French executed hostage Philippe Verdon while Lazarevic 's daughter Diane looks on after landing at the Villacoublay military base near Paris on December 10, 2014 in Velizy-Villacoublay, France. Mr Lazarevic, the last French hostage to be held by Islamist militants returns to France having been freed after three years, Lazarevic was snatched in Mali back in November 2011 along with fellow Frenchman Philippe Verdon. President Hollande has stated there are no more French hostages anywhere in the world.
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French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian attends the international friendly match between France and Albania at Stade de la Route de Lorient stadium on November 14, 2014 in Rennes, France.
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian hold a news conference at the Pentagon January 24, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. The two leaders talked about their military cooperation in Africa and other topics during their meetings.
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) greets French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to the Pentagon January 24, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. The two leaders held bilateral meetings and held a joint news conference.
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French president Francois Hollande (2nd L), French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius and Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (R) welcome former French hostages (L-R) Marc Feret, Thierry Dol, Pierre Legrand and Daniel Larribe upon their arrival at the military airport of Villacoublay outside Paris, on October 30, 2013 in Velizy-Villacoublay, France. The four French hostages, who were kidnapped by Al-Qaeda 3 years ago in the Islamic Maghreb in northern Niger where they worked, have returned to France following their release on October 29, 2013.