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France is a country located in

metropolitan France: Western Europe with an area of 640,679 km2 (land boundries: 3,956 km and costline 4,853 km

metropolitan France:>3,427 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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An artificial alliance showing what NATO would look like without the United States of America which accounting for three quarters of North Atlantic Alliance defence spending. The supported countries included in this alliance: Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, Greece, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Hungary, Poland and Romania.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 54 billion $ 341.71 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1.7% 0%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 816 billion $ (USA)


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Active personnel: 208,750 1,784,389
Reserve personnel: 141,050 1,948,632
Available for military: 14,563,662 133,633,500


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

Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 7,513
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,463 45,472
Total artillery: 134 8,754
Self-propelled artillery: 109 2,861
Rocket artillery: 13 1,119


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

Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1,253 8,174
Fighter aircraft: 56 643
Multirole aircraft: 146 1,169
Attack aircraft: 86 162
Helicopters: 540 3,552
UCAV (combat drone): 12 222

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 12,930 (USA)


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Total naval: 111 1,456
Aircraftcarriers: 4 8
Destroyers: 11 25
Frigates: 11 113
Corvettes: 0 32
Submarines: 10 75

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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