With the long an tortuous delays in building the Nuclear powered fleet carrier 'Charles De Gaulle', France's existing Aircraft Carrier fleet proceeded into obsolescence.
The two Clemenceau class carrier were commissioned in the early 60's and had already served 30 years of service. Less than half the size of American Aircraft Carriers, and with dated air wings, these ships are suitable for secondary roles. Both were based at Toulon on the Mediterranean.
Based in the Atlantic at Brest is the ASW Helicopter Carrier Jeanne D'Arc. Of a similar age and condition to the Clemenceau class, this ship is a cross between a cruiser and a carrier, similar to the Soviet Moskva Class.