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France is a country located in Western Europe with an area of 640,679 km2 (land boundries: 3,956 km and costline 4,853 km). The capital of France is Paris. The number of inhabitants is 67,413,000.

France was one of the original 12 countries to sign the North Atlantic Treaty, which created NATO in 1949. France and the UK signed in 2010 a declaration on defense and security cooperation that included greater military interoperability and a Combined Joint Expeditionary Force. The CJEF was assessed as having full operating capacity with the ability to rapidly deploy over 10,000 personnel. The French military's inventory consists mostly of domestically-produced weapons systems, including some jointly-produced with other European countries. France has a defense industry capable of manufacturing the full spectrum of military weapons systems.

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A hypothetical military alliance between China and Russia. The two countries share a land border and they signed the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation in 2001. A twenty-year strategic treaty extended or another 5 years after its expiration in February 2022. China is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion people, on the other hand Russia is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17,098,246 square kilometres.

Currently, China focuses on domestic weapon designs and manufacturing, while still importing certain military products from Russia, such as jet engines. In September 2018, Russia hosted the militaries of China and Mongolia as a part of the Vostok 2018 military exercise. Russia and China flew joint bomber patrols over the Pacific. China refused to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Following the implementation of international sanctions during the war, China provided economic relief to Russia.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 60 billion $ 494.4 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1.9% 0%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 916 billion $ (USA)


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Active personnel: 270,000 3,035,000
Reserve personnel: 141,050 4,000,000
Available for military: 14,563,662 420,586,837


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Highest value in the world: 2,035,000 (China)

Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 18,017
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,748 38,302
Total artillery: 119 25,360
Self-propelled artillery: 96 9,163
Rocket artillery: 11 7,471


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Highest value in the world: 12,267 (Russia)

Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1,143 9,048
Fighter aircraft: 26 1,389
Multirole aircraft: 144 1,512
Attack aircraft: 66 809
Helicopters: 478 3,020
UCAV (combat drone): 16 251

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 13,175 (USA)


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Total naval: 111 1,395
Aircraftcarriers: 4 5
Destroyers: 10 52
Frigates: 12 65
Corvettes: 0 153
Submarines: 10 140

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)

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.

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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.

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