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France the leading european army by 2019.

European Security News.- France leading european army by 2019

European Security News.- France leading european army by 2019

France’s military will cut almost 8,000 jobs next year, and over the coming six years France will cut 34,000 jobs within the Armed Forces.

France is trying to develop THE leading european army by 2019, by overhauling the armed forces to create a more mobile army still capable of operating in two or three different theatres at the same time.

France’s military employs around 228,000 personnel today. A further 165,000 individuals are employed by the defence industry, not including sub-contractors.

Under the plans unveiled in the defence budget, the military will reduce the buy of  Rafale jets from Dassault Aviation, taking just 26 over the next five years instead of the planned 11 a year. However, France  is in a god position  to sell 126 Rafales to India.


France’s engagement in Northern Africa this year, specially in Mali and Central African Republic, has underscored its need for more intelligence resources and special elite forces.


For the next three years, the annual budget will be frozen at 31.4 billion euros, the same level as 2013, with the expectation that it will rise in 2017, 2018 and 2019.