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Military power of France & Canada

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Country: France (FR) Canada (CA)
Capital: Paris Ottawa
Population: 67,413,000 38,048,738
Area: 640,679 km2 9,984,670 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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Military budget: 52.7 billion $ 22.8 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.1% 1.4%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 270,000 67,492
Reserve personnel: 35,000 36,381
Available for military: 14,563,662 8,031,266

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 146
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,463 3,148
Total artillery: 134 161
Self-propelled artillery: 109 0
Rocket artillery: 13 0

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1,253 405
Fighter aircraft: 56 0
Multirole aircraf: 146 103
Attack aircraft: 86 0
Helicopters: 540 165
UCAV (combat drone): 12 0

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Navy

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Total naval: 111 62
Aircraftcarriers: 4 0
Destroyers: 11 0
Frigates: 11 12
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 10 4

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Nuclear weapons

France

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.

Canada

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

France

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

Canada

17 years of age for voluntary male and female military service (with parental consent); 16 years of age for Reserve and Military College applicants; Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status required; maximum 34 years of age; service obligation 3-9 years