Extracts from the exchange of views with Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of Defence of France: - Extraordinary meeting of the EP Subcommittee on Security and Defence Jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Type: News   Reference: 93787   Duration: 00:04:40  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 20/05/2013   First transmission: 20/05/2013
The Subcommittee on Security and Defence and the Committee on Foreign Affairs have jointly held a debate with Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of Defence of France, Minister of Defence of France.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior shot of the EP, Strasbourg. 00:00:05
00:00:10 Arrival of Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of Defence of France, accompanied by Elmar BROK, Chair of the EP AFET Committee and Arnaud DANJEAN, Chair of the EP Subcommittee on Security and Defence. 00:00:17
00:00:27 SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of Defence of France, on the fact that, in view of the circumstances of potential security risks and the economic crisis, a European defence will become a necessity and not simply a wish. 00:00:26
00:00:53 SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of Defence of France, on the need for improving the rapidity of the reaction at European defence level in periods of crisis. 00:00:21
00:01:14 SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of Defence of France, he explains that the French government is not favourable to include the defence industry in the free-trade agreement between the EU and the US, as it would become a precedent difficult to manage in the future. 00:00:32
00:01:46 SOUNDBITE (French) Marielle de SARNEZ (ALDE, FR), on the fact that it would be better to produce European drones rather than importing them to the US or Israel. She agrees with the fact that there is need for improvement of the common European defence mechanisms, but as long as there is not a real political union of the EU, some member states need to keep their own defence system, including France: "What happened in Mali was decided in few hours. Europe couldn't have done it that way". 00:00:39
00:02:25 SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of Defence of France: "There are no European drones, they don't' exist. And yes, we have the capacity to produce them". 00:00:11
00:02:36 SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of Defence of France, on drones in Europe: "This could be the anticipation of a pragmatic European defence. Countries that are interested on this technology should step up so the industry could start the technological process so to build a European drone". 00:00:38
00:03:14 SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of Defence of France (on Syria) explains that the solution of the tragedy can only be political, there is a need for political and inclusive dialogue in the country: "France's position is that this cannot happen with Bashar al Assad". 00:00:35
00:03:49 SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of Defence of France: "Yes to a political solution which is the only possible solution, but in the meantime we should support the National Coalition in Syria, we would like to see them unified and being inclusive in their political objectives". 00:00:27
00:04:16 Cutaways 00:00:24
00:04:40 END 00:00:00
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