France to overhaul defense strategy to meet changing threats

Much-awaited plans on overhauling France's defense strategy include cutting 54,000 jobs and boosting intelligence efforts to meet evolving threats. The plan obtained by The Associated Press foresees leaner but more high-tech fighting forces that can quickly deploy to battlefields from Afghanistan to Africa. It is the biggest review of France's military and security posture in 14 years. The AP has obtained the plan from the French president's office. President Nicolas Sarkozy is to present the plan to defense and military officials on Tuesday.