31 Oct '13, 7pm

France Dissolves Symbolic Regiment Based In Germany

France Dissolves Symbolic Regiment Based In Germany

PARIS — France said Thursday it was closing down a 1,000-strong infantry regiment based in Germany that is part of a highly symbolic Franco-German brigade, a move Berlin reacted to with “regret.” The brigade was set up in 1989 by then French president Francois Mitterrand and German chancellor Helmut Kohl to increase military cooperation between the two former World War II-era foes. The French defense ministry said in a statement that it would be shutting down the 110th Infantry Regiment based in the southwestern German town of Donaueschingen in 2014. The regiment groups together 850 soldiers and 150 civilians, and the ministry said the decision was part of “difficult choices” needed as France cuts its military budget to reduce its state deficit. But it reaffirmed “France’s full commitment” to the brigade, which will be left with around 4,000 soldiers based in both countrie...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20131031/DEFREG01/3103...

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