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France's Macron says defense chief has no choice but to agree with him: JDD

Discussion in 'Europe & Russia' started by Vergennes, Jul 16, 2017.

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    Budget cuts
    Florence Parly also reiterated that the cancellations of credits of 850 million euros decided for this year, at the origin of the departure of Chief of Staff Pierre de Villiers, would " have no impact on the functioning Of the armed forces in 2017, especially for the military in operation " . "It is therefore on the major equipment programs that the adjustments will be made by smoothing," she said.

    General de Villiers was sharply cropped by President Emmanuel Macron on the eve of 14-July for criticizing these budget cuts in front of MPs and in the media .He resigned a few days later , considering "no longer able to ensure the continuity of the model of army " that he considers appropriate for the "protection of the French" .
     
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    The President has reaffirmed his commitment to increase the defence budget to 2% of the GDP (excluding pensions and foreign operations costs) in 2025. Current projections estimate that the budget will increase from €32,4 billion this year to more than €50 billion in 2025.

    2018 defence budget will rise to €34,2 billion. (+ €1,8 billion) . Defence will be the only ministry to see its budget increased in real terms in 2018.

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    Current defence budget represents 1,43% of the GDP.
    1,78% including pensions.
     
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    It was 2.3% last year, so 2% is a reduction.
     
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    The 2,3% figure only comes from institutes that include Gendarmerie budget and pensions in it.

    However,the real mesure was 1,43% of the GDP without pensions and 1,78% of the GDP pensions included.
     
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    Out of curiosity,has any british general dared to resign over cuts they were imposed ? @Abingdonboy
     
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    No because it doesn't achieve anything.
     
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    Better to resign than swallow and say thank you.
     
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    So, you finally understand why we are leaving the EU. Congrats.
     

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