France to send 500 troops to Romania


France is to deploy 500 military personnel as part of NATO forces to Romania after Russia invaded neighbouring Ukraine, the army chief of staff said Friday.

“NATO has decided to reinforce its presence to send a very clear sign of strategic solidarity, to position forces in Romania,” Thierry Burkhard told Radio France Internationale and broadcaster France24.

“We will send around 500 men with armoured vehicles.”

He said France would also maintain a military presence in Estonia, which borders Russia, beyond March.