Carrier aviation has been a staple of France’s defense capability since the end of World War II, a symbol of the country’s ability to act independently and provide support for its extensive overseas territories, all while supplying an additional component of the country’s nuclear deterrent. Now, as the French Navy’s recently refitted flagship, the Charles de Gaulle, is embarked in the Far East with a full complement of aircraft, planners are beginning to mull a new ...

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