French Minister Blames Mistakes for Navy COVID-19 Outbreak

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 11, 2020

File photo: France’s Marine Nationale aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91) (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Maj. Joshua Smith)

File photo: France’s Marine Nationale aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91) (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Maj. Joshua Smith)

France’s armed forces minister blamed an outbreak of coronavirus aboard the navy’s flagship aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on mistakes taken to counter the disease.

“An inquiry shows the ship’s commanders and their medical advisors over-estimated the ability of the aircraft carrier and its flotilla to confront the coronavirus,” Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly told a parliamentary committee.


(Reporting by Tangi Salaun; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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