French Armed forces

France
Population
67 013 000
Military budget
55,7 billion $
Active personnel
203 000
Nuclear weapons
300 warheads
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Basic informations

Capital: Paris
Area: 640 679 km2
Population: 67 013 000
Etnic groups: White 85%, North African 10%, Black 3.3%, Asian 1.7%
Religions: Christian 63-66%, Muslim 7-9%, Jewish .5-.75%, Buddhist .5-.75%, other .5-1.0%, none 23-28%

Military branches

(Forces armées françaises) Army (Armee de Terre; includes Marines, Foreign Legion, Army Light Aviation), Navy (Marine Nationale), Air Force (Armee de l'Air (AdlA); includes Air Defense).

Military service

18-25 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; no conscription; 1-year service obligation; women serve in noncombat post.

Military expenditures

Military budget
55,7 billion $

(USA)

Percent of GDP
2,3

Manpower

Active personnel
203 000

(China)

Reserve
68 000

(China)

Available
14 563 662

(China)

Land Forces

Tanks
406

(Russia)

AFV
6 352

(USA)

Artillery
448

(Russia)

Self-propelled guns
330

(Russia)

Rocket artillery
13
Armoured fighting vehicles includes infantry fighting vehicles, tank destroyers, armoured personnel carriers, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles(MRAP), amphibious and reconnaissance vehicles.
Total artillery includes towed, self-propelled gun(SPG) and rocket artillery.

Tanks

TypeNameNumber

AFVs

TypeNameNumber
-PVP1181
-VBL1466
-Nexter Aravis14
-Buffalo4

Self-propelled artillery

TypeNameNumber
-AMX 30 AuF1183
-AMX 30 AuF270

Rocket artillery

TypeNameNumber

Air Forces

Total aircraft
1 076

(USA)

Fighters
38

(China)

Multirole
150

(USA)

Attack
89

(Russia)

Helicopters
512

(USA)

Total aircraft - number of all military aircraft and helicopters in country. Includes training and cargo aircraft. Does not include drones.
Attack includes ground-attack and strategic bomber aircraft.

Fighter aircraft

TypeNameNumber

Multirole aircraft

Attack and bomber aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-Dassault Mirage 2000N 2000D89

Helicopters

TypeNameNumber
-Aérospatiale Puma103
-Aérospatiale Gazelle111
-Eurocopter Fennec58
-Westland Lynx16
-Eurocopter SA365 Dauphin8
-Aérospatiale Alouette III18

Navy

Total naval
109

(China)

Aircraftcarriers
4

(USA)

Destroyers
10

(USA)

Frigates
11

(China)

Corvettes
0

(Russia)

Submarines
10

(China)

Total naval - number of all military ships in country. Includes auxiliaries.
Aircraft carriers includes helicopter carriers. Destroyers includes Battlecruisers and Cruisers.

Aircraftcarriers

Destroyers

TypeNameNumber
-Aquitaine class4
-Cassard class2

Frigates

TypeNameNumber
-Floréal class6

Corvettes

TypeNameNumber
--

Submarines

TypeNameNumber
-Triomphant class4
-Rubis class6

Nuclear weapons

France managed to research and develop its own nuclear weapon in 1960. The test, known as, Gerboise Bleue, was the result of mostly French research. One of the main figures that played crucial role in the entire process of developing the bomb was General Pierre Marie Gallois. He was concerned that the Suez Crisis, which started in 1956, would show the world how insignificant France became, since out of all Great Powers in the world, they were the only one without possessing its own nuclear arsenal. The tests were conducted on the terrains of Sahara Desert.

At this moment France owns 300 nuclear warheads, out of which almost all are deployed. What is more, compared to Great Britain, they made more tests, approximately 210. Noteworthy is the fact that the development of the first nuclear bomb in France as well as its tests were a bit controversial. It was due to the fact that France allowed Israeli observers to attend the tests, providing them with almost unrestricted access to all the data. It was quite important, since Israel, together with United Kingdom and France, were trying to invade Egypt.