What is the record of Emmanuel Macron's five-year term in terms of Defense?

With the confirmation of a new € 1,7 billion of the Army budget for the year 2022, bringing it to € 40,9 billion, i.e. an overall increase of almost € 9 billion since 2017, the government and the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, confirm stricto-senso compliance with the 2019-2025 Military Programming Law, and the promises made by Emmanuel Macron during the previous presidential campaign

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Faced with General Lecointre, French deputies are worried about the format of the Armies

The hearings of the chiefs of staff of the French armies by the commissions of the National Assembly and the Senate are often the occasion to glean certain information on the programs in progress. But during the hearing of the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, General François Lecointre, by the Defense Committee of the National Assembly, within the framework of the Finance Bill 2021, these were above all the concerns of several deputies, coming from different political factions, who marked this session. Indeed, 4 of the 13 deputies present asked the French Chief of Staff questions relating to the format of the armies in the current evolving geostrategic framework. So the MP...

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Without naming it, are the French Chiefs of Staff pleading for a new White Paper?

In a speech given to naval student officers at the Naval Academy of Lanveoc-Poulmic, near Brest, the new Chief of Staff of the National Navy, Admiral Pierre Vandier, warned future officers that they were a generation that is likely to experience sea fire, in other words, high-intensity naval combat unlike any seen since the Falklands War in 1982. The CEMM statement is part of a series of speeches by the various chiefs of staff of the French armies which aim to alert both public opinion and the political authorities to the profound change that is taking place...

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The French armed forces are today more in demand than ever

While they are barely beginning their capacity reconstruction, after 20 years of budgetary restrictions having seriously undermined their operational potential, the French armed forces are subjected, at the start of 2020, to operational pressure of an intensity never reached since. the first Gulf War, in 1991, when the French armies had twice as much equipment and men as they do today. Even with the stated ambitions of the 2-2019 Military Programming Law, this pressure, which shows no signs of easing, calls for the rapid reassessment of the means allocated to the armed forces, to be ready to face the probable scenarios of years to…

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The damaged French frigate Latouche-Tréville will be repaired despite its upcoming retirement

On January 11, we learned from the local press that the anti-submarine frigate Latouche-Tréville had suffered major damage to its main mast, forcing it to return to port. Having sailed from Brest just a few days earlier, the frigate would have faced particularly degraded weather conditions, with winds of nearly 120km/h and troughs exceeding 7m. The top of its mast would then have unhooked, and would have struck in its fall one of the two Syracuse III satellite antennas, as well as the Dagaie decoy launcher. Fortunately, the incident caused no injuries. The Latouche-Tréville is one of the last two F70 ASM type frigates in…

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The format of the French Armies is too weak according to the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces

The format of the French armies results, today, from two master documents, namely the White Paper of 2013, ordered by President Hollande after his election and published in 2014, and the Strategic Review of 2017, ordered after the election of President Macron, and published a few months later. However, the first was written before the major geostrategic upheavals that marked the current decade (Crimea, Donbass, China Sea, Daesh, etc.), and the second was instructed to respect the framework defined by this same White Paper. In fact, and for 7 years now, the format of the French armies has been evolving on the basis of a…

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Estonia, first EU state to strengthen French forces Barkhane

There are symbols that matter, and this is one of them. Estonia has decided to send a contingent of 50 men to support the French forces in Operation Barkhane. It is the first state in the European Union to deploy operational troops to support the French effort, and it is paradoxical to note that it is one of the countries that is most under Russian pressure. With the British who will envy 3 CH-47 Chinook heavy helicopters next, it will therefore be 3 European countries that will intervene operationally in Operation Barkhane. It should however be remembered that Belgium had, during Operation Serval, detached from the beginning of…

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