France withdraws aircraft carrier from NATO’s Libya operation

French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle off the coast of Libya, June 13, 2011.

From DPA:  France is withdrawing its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier from the war in Libya after four months, Defence Minister Gerard Longuet was quoted by a French newspaper Thursday as saying.

The nuclear-powered Charles de Gaulle was deployed off Libya in late March.

The carrier and its 1,900 crew are due to return to the southern port of Toulon by mid-August, Longuet told Var Matin newspaper. . . .

French fighter planes are also deployed at NATO bases on the Greek island of Crete and in Sicily, Italy. French surveillance aircraft used in imposing a no-fly zone over Libya depart from bases in France.  (photo: Getty)

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