The execution of the French Military Programming Law 2019-2025 to date has been, in the opinion of all observers, exemplary. Indeed, it scrupulously respected the planned budget increases, constituting a first since the exercise was set up. Indeed, the army budget in 2017 was only €32,7 billion, after fifteen years of critical under-investment, having brought the French armies to the brink of implosion. In fact, the additional credits allocated have made it possible to bring the armed forces budget to €43,9 billion in 2023, an increase of €11,2 billion or 34% compared to the 2017 budget. And if the next …Read the article
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Is there a pilot for the French defense industrial strategy?
With the return of war in Europe and the rapid deterioration of tensions between major military powers in Asia and the Middle East, the French defense industry found itself, in a few months, a major center of interest both for media than for a number of political personalities who seem to discover the state of disrepair of the stocks of ammunition and spare parts of the armies, or the manufacturing delays of certain equipment such as the Caesar cannon. Not a week now goes by without an announcement concerning the defense industry, the armies or the next military programming law, as well as the comments that…Read the article
What military aid can France objectively provide to Ukraine?
Since the start of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, France has supported Kyiv in the political, economic and military domains. However, for several months, this military aid has been regularly contested, whether in France but also in Europe, being judged by its detractors as insufficient, in particular vis-à-vis the aid granted by other European countries. It is true that Paris has remained discreet about the aid granted, and in several areas, largely behind compared to other European nations, including countries much less rich than France can be. On several occasions, forums were published in the major national dailies, ci…Read the article
How many Rafales will the French air forces field in 2030?
Earlier this week, the Ministry of the Armed Forces announced that a new order for 42 Rafale combat aircraft will be placed in the 2023 budget year. This was expected, since in line with the 2019-2025 Military Programming Law , and in line with the objectives of the 2017 Strategic Review. However, due to the postponement of deliveries from 2016 to release industrial capacities for export, but also to release investment credits needed elsewhere programs, as well as the sale of 12 second-hand Rafales to Greece in 2020, then 12 aircraft to Croatia in 2021, all taken from the…Read the article
LPM 2023: France wants to give its Armed Forces the necessary means to deal with new threats
Following the election of François Hollande as President of the Republic in 2013, the new government of Jean-Marc Ayrault undertook to design a new Military Programming Law, with the clearly stated objective of reducing military expenditure to a strict minimum. state in this area. It is in this context that the services of the Ministry of Finance of Bercy undertook to propose the famous "Plan Z", aimed at limiting the French armed forces to an expeditionary corps of 60.000 men for external operations, and at deterrence to treat the international threat then perceived as particularly diffuse, despite the many alerts that showed…Read the article
What are the 5 critical issues of the next French Military Programming Law?
The day after the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, a majority of French people discovered, or rediscovered, in a very brutal way, the role of the armed forces in ensuring what they had taken for granted for several decades, namely their security. In an attempt to reassure public opinion, and to occupy a media space neglected by politicians against the background of presidential and legislative elections, the French armies then multiplied communications, trying to present a comforting face to the French, in particular by insisting on so-called “high intensity” exercises, a term that also suddenly came up in discussions, including on the sets…Read the article
What will be the priorities of the next French Military Programming Law?
Until the beginning of the Russian intervention in Ukraine, the French executive had one watchword and only one concerning the conduct of the defense effort: All the Military Programming Law 2019-2025, but that the LPM 2019 -2025. Designed on the basis of the 2017 Strategic Review, itself strongly constrained by the 2013 White Paper, the 2019-2025 LPM aimed to repair the significant damage resulting from two decades of under-investment in the French armies, even though the operational pressure remained very high. It is clear that in 5 years, the situation of the armies has greatly improved, with an annual budget increased by €8,5 billion, i.e.…Read the article
The French Armies (also) need a €100 billion recapitalization plan
Barely days after the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz presented to the Bundestag, the German parliament, a plan to invest a €100 billion envelope intended to repair some of the most criticisms noted within the Bundeswehr, while engaging a dynamic in order to bring the country's defense effort beyond the threshold of 2% of GDP required by NATO by 2025. Since then, the vast majority of countries Europeans, whether or not they are a member of NATO, have announced a significant increase in their own defense efforts, all committing themselves, on longer…Read the article
F Gouttefarde, JC Lagarde, JL Thériot: these outgoing deputies necessary for the National Defense and Armed Forces Commission
Within the French National Assembly, the Commission for National Defense and the Armed Forces is far from being the most popular commission among deputies. The sovereign function par excellence being a reserved domain of the Elysée, it is difficult to shine there, or to assert an alternative or simply constructive voice, in the face of the doxa imposed by the Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of the Armed Forces. . In fact, it is rare for MPs, whether from the majority or the opposition, to play a significant role. However, during the previous magistracy, several deputies knew, by their…Read the article
President Macron announces the re-evaluation of the Military Programming Law and an increased effort in defense
During the inaugural speech of the Eurosatory exhibition, the French President announced that the work in view of an increase in the French defense effort to deal with the geopolitical developments of the latter had been started, and that the results should emerge from a few weeks here. While the vast majority of European chancelleries had announced a significant increase in their defense investments following the Russian offensive in Ukraine, the French authorities had, for their part, remained surprisingly discreet on the subject. On the occasion of the inauguration of the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition, the most important world meeting concerning land armaments which is held…Read the article