France, UAE and Qatar will take part in large-scale war games in the Persian Gulf next week. France had recently announced that it would establish a permanent military base in the UAE. Next week’s war games will be a manifestation of the growing French military presence near Iran.
France will deploy 1,500 personnel, two frigates and eight Mirage fighter jets to the joint maneuvers. The extent of UAE and Qatari participation in the war games has not been announced.
Iran has strongly criticized as “unfriendly” the French move to build a military base across the Strait of Hormuz from Iran.