France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier is ready to be used to support military operations against Islamic State in Iraq, French President Francois Hollande told military personnel aboard the vessel on Wednesday.

“Thanks to the Charles de Gaulle we will have precious intelligence,” the president said in a New Year’s address, given as the carrier cruised off France’s southern coast in the Mediterranean.

“We may also conduct operations in Iraq, if necessary, with even more intensity and more efficiency. The aircraft carrier will work in close cooperation with coalition forces.” […]