France is to send an aircraft carrier to the Middle East for an operation against Islamic State militants in Iraq, the country's President has announced.
Francois Hollande told military personnel aboard the Charles De Gaulle vessel in a speech today, given as the carrier cruised off France's southern coast in the Mediterranean.
Hollande said the current situation justified a French military presence in the Middle East, adding: "The aircraft carrier will work in close cooperation with coalition forces."
About 7,000 French Jewish people left the country last year and have moved to Israel because they did not feel safe.
The aunt of a man killed while trying to overpower gunman Amedy Coulibaly has told ITV News her family is fearful of their future in France.
A Muslim cleric in Pakistan has held a ceremony to honour Cherif and Said Kouachi, the two men suspected of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.