*Now, training focuses on war*, french admiral Mallard said

France prepares for naval warfare against an enemy that ‘wants to destroy us’

“Naval combat is becoming increasingly likely,” French rear admiral tells POLITICO in an exclusive interview.

PARIS — The French navy is shifting its training away from a focus on policing operations to gird for war against foes who want "to destroy us," says Rear Admiral Jacques Mallard, the commander of France’s carrier battle group.

When he joined the armed forces in the 1990s, the French navy’s main missions were to intercept drug traffickers and fight illegal fishing. Training consisted of practicing how to launch Zodiac inflatable boats and catching criminals.

Now, training focuses on war, Mallard said.