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Military power of France & Greece

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Country: France (FR) Greece (GR)
Capital: Paris Athens
Population: 67 013 000 10 846 979
Area: 640 679 km2 131 990 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 55,7 billion $ 7 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,3% 2,3%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 203 000 143 000
Reserve personnel: 68 000 216 000
Available for military: 14 563 662 2 535 174

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 1 353
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6 352 3 400
Total artillery: 448 1 162
Self-propelled artillery: 330 547
Rocket artillery: 13 152

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1 076 620
Fighter aircraft: 38 0
Multirole aircraf: 150 198
Attack aircraft: 89 0
Helicopters: 512 268

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Navy

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Total naval: 109 99
Aircraftcarriers: 4 0
Destroyers: 10 0
Frigates: 11 13
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 10 11

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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.

Greece

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.

Greece

19-45 years of age for compulsory military service; during wartime the law allows for recruitment beginning January of the year of inductee's 18th birthday, thus including 17 year olds; 18 years of age for volunteers; conscript service obligation is 1 year for the Army and 9 months for the Air Force and Navy; women are eligible for voluntary military service.