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France’s New Military Budget: Rethinking Power


The military spending provisions adopted by France in October, along with its new White Paper on defence, will play a key role in determining the type of power the country is able to exert

Following a comprehensive review of both the means and ends of its military apparatus, France has this year set out its defence and strategic posture for the years to come. As part of this process, it published a new defence White Paper in April and, after a vote in the Senate in October, adopted the loi de programmation militaire (Military Programming Law), outlining military spending provisions for the period 2014–19. This review has come at a paradoxical moment for the

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