Jean-Yves Le Drian Is New French Defense Minister


Jean-Yves Le Drian, nearly 65, has been appointed as France's new defense minister.

A stalwart member of the Socialist Party and close friend of President François Hollande, Le Drian has a very limited experience of government: just one year between 1991-92 when he was minister of state for maritime affairs.

The sea is an environment he is familiar with. He was born in Lorient, a major military port and shipbuilding center in northwestern France which he was also mayor of for 17 years (1981-1998). He was deputy of the region of Morbihan in Britanny from 1978 to 2007 almost continuously (apart from between 1991-97) and during this period was a member of the parliamentary defense commission. He will most likely have to resign his current chairmanship of the regional council of Britanny.

Le Drian was the man Hollande turned to during the presidential campaign to prepare a new defense policy for France. What that will be remains to be seen.

Please or Register to post comments.

What's Ares?

Aviation Week's defense blog

From The Archives

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.


Jan 31, 2016

Tupolev 104: Harsh Proof Of Rapid Soviet Progress (1956) 18

Since little detail was available of the Russian design and built Tupolev 104, a profile was compiled for Aviation Week, based entirely on observations from photographs, experts such as engineers knowledgeable in typical Russian aircraft design and of its landing at London Airport....More
Jan 28, 2016

A Near View Of French Aviators (1917) 2

Some of the largest battles of the First World War were taking place in France when Aviation Week was first published....More
Blog Archive
Penton Corporate

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×