What is the standard camouflage of the French military? Since 1991, the French military has primarily used a camo pattern known as Central Europe Camouflage.

This pattern is broken down into four color shades: an olive green, dark brown, tan, and blackish-brown. It draws inspiration from the US camouflage, M81 Woodland, however with a larger striping pattern.

These colors help conceal French troops in a European forest environment. The pattern was first used on French military vehicles a few years prior to being adopted by infantry units.

France is the only European country that runs this particular camouflage which keeps their kit unique compared to other European nations.

For desert operations, the French use the same camouflage pattern however with a desert color palette of tans and light browns. This is commonly known as Daguet Camo, named after the French military operation during the Persian Gulf War aka Operation Desert Storm. 

French desert camo is used in theaters where browns and tans predominate such as the Middle East or for operations in Africa – for instance when the French intervened in Mali back in 2019 (see photo above). 

For snow operations, the French tend to wear their usual camouflage and cover portions of their kit with white for better blending. Here, the French 1st Marine Infantry Regiment can be seen conducting winter operation training in Norway.

So all of the modern French forces use Central Europe camouflage? 

Not quite.

French Special Forces also utilize MultiCam® which is a US camo pattern developed and marketed by Crye Precision. This puts the French SOF in line with other NATO troops.

MultiCam has received favorable opinions from special operations forces and is designed to adequately blend into a diverse assortment of terrains and seasons. There has not been any recent news points towards the general adoption of MultiCam for the French armed forces in the future. 

I hope this article helped highlight the camouflage patterns used by the Modern French military.

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