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France has demanded EU states offer it security help—what does that mean?

What you need to know about France's formal request for EU help

By Alex Dean  

The French flag flies with the flag of the European Union at the French Embassy. © Flickr user Lars Born

What’s happened?

In the wake of the Paris attacks France has invoked a never-before-used EU article which compels all member states to offer security aid and assistance.

Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian this morning invoked Article 42.7 in the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which states that if an EU state “is the victim of armed aggression on…

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