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A New Professional Army for France
Programming Resources (Part 12)
The new-style Armed Forces are based on a level of resources equal to 185 thousand million FRF per year, of which about 99 thousand million FRF are to be devoted to operational costs and a little over 86 thousand million FRF to equipment costs. These figures correspond to constant 1995 French Francs.
- The reduction in the Armed Forces equipment expenditure is to be an essential contribution to controlling public deficit.
With a little over 86 thousand million FRF per year, the Armed Forces equipment expenditure over the 1997-2002 period will constitute a significant reduction compared to the expenditure anticipated in the military programming bill dated 23rd June 1994.
The implementation of the military programming bill would have entailed to devoting 624 thousand million 1995 FRF over the 1995-2000 period, that is to say an annual average expenditure of 104 thousand million FRF per year on military equipment.
A reduction of about 18% in equipment expenditure will be made.
2. This Defence effort will enable France to maintain its rank among Western powers.
The operational expenditure of the new-style Armed Forces will, with a budget of about 99 thousand million FRF per year, be of about the same amount as at present. The extra costs linked to professionalisation will be compensated by the reduction in size of the Armed Forces.
The essential savings effort will be supported by equipment expenditure, however the reduced Armed Forces will dispose of equipment which is coherent with their missions.
In general, with an expenditure of 184 thousand million FRF per year plus pensions, the overall resources allocated to the Ministry of Defence will represent a Defence effort amounting to about 3, 1 % of the 1995 GDP.
This effort is to be compared with that made by our main Western partners. It is identical to that of Great Britain in 1995. The German Federal Republic devoted 1,7% of its GDP to military expenditure in the same year and the United States 4%.
Sources: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence
French Embassies in London and Washington.
For more information, go to French National Defense.