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UK and France to sign “close-cooperation” defence agreement

Monday, November 1st 2010 - 16:46 UTC
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The new head of the British armed forces has said it makes “absolute sense” for the United Kingdom and France to work together on defence, ahead of a summit on Tuesday. PM David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are expected to sign a defence treaty improving collaboration between the two countries. Read full article

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  • briton

    Wont work, will never work, this has been mentioned on numerous sites, its all abt money and destroying British independence and making us part of a united Euro. And once again corrupt politicians will sell there mother for a grain of rice, they destroy our military ,, if we needed to send ships and carriers to south Atlantic, we would have to rely on the French agreeing to this, if they refuse where does that leave us, far to many questions unanswered, the end result will be no no-no, but the politicians will over ride public opinion and do it regardless, and when it all goes wrong, the government of the day will walk away saying its not our fault,
    be proud to be British, and kill of the idea of a united Europe, thank you.

    Nov 01st, 2010 - 08:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Excelent idea....
    Finally some European flair into British defence....

    Nov 01st, 2010 - 09:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    yes london i promise you all is ok. you can lend our carrier anytime,
    [oh sorry just broken down, call the AA ]
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1325269/French-aircraft-carrier-set-defend-Britain-breaks-down.html

    Nov 01st, 2010 - 11:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    “Finally some European flair into British defence....”
    I think history has shown that we don't need it.

    briton:
    Our armed forces are MUCH more intwined with the US forces yet we never moan about that.

    It's a crap situation that both France and us are in so we are helping eachother, It's not a bad thing. We are both very simular in capabilities so it just makes sence.

    Without this when the carriers finally do get planes we would have no pilots who can fly them off carriers.

    Nov 02nd, 2010 - 07:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    “Parlez-vous français?”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP65V4AoFyA&feature=related

    Nov 02nd, 2010 - 08:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    5 Think: Most of this agreement is about aircraft and nuclear testing.

    English is already the lingua franca of international Air Traffic Control communications, so no problem there.

    Nuclear scientists will have little trouble learning French if need be, but seeing as 90% of the worlds science literature is published in English the french guys probably know English.

    Nov 02nd, 2010 - 11:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Wireless

    I'm sure that when Foreign Warships visit the Falkland Islands the Islanders will be much happier that they speak French or American English than bastardised Spanish.

    Nov 03rd, 2010 - 01:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    It is intresting. Dispite being old rivals, british and french forces are more simular than any other two nations i can think of.

    There are only very small differences in the forces, such as the UK spends more money on training where as the french spend less on training but have a larger land force.

    Nov 03rd, 2010 - 09:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • WestisBest

    Reckon there'll bo more decent French military hardware for Argentina now, you'll have to make do with domestic rubbish or whatever 2nd or 3rd hand obselete assets you can scratch together (a la General Belgrano).
    :-))

    Nov 04th, 2010 - 10:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    Zethee ..
    I think you will find a lot of differences between the two countries.
    Light heartedly and despite the fact that the uk. wins and the French loses
    by the most part, the main differences seem to stem from the late 50s up to the political anti british select peace idiots we have today, if British politicians set the standard of putting others before their own people, then the French set the standard of being stubborn and self appointed , the French love the French, the British do not, the French put France before anyone, the British put money ,, I do admire the French, the calibre seems to be, that the French are brought up to love France, the British are brought up to respect others before them selves, so the result is what you have today, other countries may laugh, but French influence and pride may rub of on us, you have to admit others rarely take the piss out of the French, as they do the British, so we could learn something, and I think you will agree that our enemies will think twice in future if it does work,
    still,, it beat having a fishing fleet lol ??

    Nov 04th, 2010 - 02:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    #7 Witless,
    “ I'm sure that when Foreign Warships visit the Falkland Islands the Islanders will cry that they speak French or American English”

    I agree!

    Nov 04th, 2010 - 07:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    briton.

    I think you misunderstood what i ment. I never said the countrys were simular, but our forces capabilitys.

    I said that currently, our forces are VERY simular to eachother.

    “ins and the French loses
    by the most part”

    This, while funny to laugh at. Is very incorrect, If you look at the history books and past wars out of all the worlds current nations, us brits have had the most “wins” but we are CLOSLEY followed by the french. This whole “white flag” attitude comes from them being invaded in two world wars. briton, make no mistake, if it were not for the british channel and the royal navy we WOULD have met the same fate of the french.

    But. Thats what not i was trying to say. Our forces(Airforce, Navy, Army) Are almost identical at the current time, with the british army being slighly smaller with better training standards.

    The french forces are very good, this deal makes complete sence.

    Nov 04th, 2010 - 07:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    your point is correct, but the fact remains the french look after french interest, and do it very well, whilst the british latley seem to help everybody else exept our own forces, i think we can learn from each other,but one thing is for certain, at least for the next 4 years, and that is , this IS going to happen, so we wil all find out if it works,

    Nov 04th, 2010 - 11:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    “but the fact remains the french look after french interest, and do it very well, whilst the british latley seem to help everybody else exept our own forces”

    I agree, and it's something we should think about doing. They're also a much more “level” partner than what we currently have with the US and there intrests are simular to ours, having overseas territorys and living just across the river.

    Nov 05th, 2010 - 12:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    I wonder if the argies see it that way. Or even if it interest them ??

    Nov 05th, 2010 - 11:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    Who cares?

    Nov 06th, 2010 - 02:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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