The French military releases video showing Rafale jets taking off from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier for strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: French jets struck Islamic State targets in Iraq on Monday (November 23), taking off from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier for the first time, the military said on Twitter. The tweet said two targets had been destroyed, without elaborating. The French military released in the evening some video footage showing Rafale jets taking off from the Charles de Gaulle. France's defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, had told Europe 1 radio on Sunday the flagship of the French Navy, deployed to the eastern Mediterranean to back France's involvement in air strikes in Iraq and Syria, would be fully operational from Monday. French President Francois Hollande also said last week France would step up its attacks against Islamic State targets in Syria. He has also called for a grand coalition, including the United States and Russia, to eradicate Islamic State, and is due to meet with presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin this week.