French Armed forces

France
Population
67,413,000
Military budget
52.7 billion $
Active personnel
270,000
Nuclear weapons
300 warheads
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Basic informations

Capital: Paris
Area: 640,679 km2
Population: 67,413,000
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
52.7 billion $

(USA)

Percent of GDP
2.1

Manpower

Active personnel
270,000

(China)

Reserve
35,000

(China)

Available
14,563,662

(China)

Land Forces

Tanks
406

(Russia)

AFV
6,463

(USA)

Artillery
134

(Russia)

Self-propelled guns
109

(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
-PVP1149
-VBL1390
-EBRC Jaguar20
-VBMR Griffon 250
-VHM88

Self-propelled artillery

TypeNameNumber
-AMX 30 AuF132

Rocket artillery

TypeNameNumber

Air Forces

Total aircraft
1,253

(USA)

Fighters
56

(China)

Multirole
146

(USA)

Attack
86

(Russia)

Helicopters
540

(USA)

UCAV (combat drone)
12

(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

Multirole aircraft

Attack and bomber aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-Dassault Mirage 2000D86

Helicopters

TypeNameNumber
-Aérospatiale Puma76
-Aérospatiale Gazelle86
-Eurocopter Calliope36
-Eurocopter Fennec128
-Eurocopter SA365 Dauphin15

UCAV (combat drone)

TypeNameNumber

Navy

Total naval
111

(China)

Aircraftcarriers
4

(USA)

Destroyers
11

(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 class7
-Cassard class1

Frigates

TypeNameNumber
-Floréal class6

Corvettes

TypeNameNumber
--

Submarines

TypeNameNumber
-Triomphant class4
-Rubis class5
-Barracuda class 1

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.