French President Nicolas Sarkozy is ordering that a frigate be immediately deployed off Gaza to survey the area and fight arms smuggling.
A statement Friday by Sarkozy's office said he had asked that the helicopter-carrier be immediately deployed in international waters off Gaza "in full cooperation with Egypt and Israel."
The move is aimed at consolidating the fragile cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Sarkozy traveled twice to the region to help put together a cease-fire, in an initiative with Egypt.
He also ordered French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner to "coordinate closely" with the United States and Europe and propose other ways to fight arms smuggling.