FRENCH MILITARY

Information and updates about the French Military from both a historical context and a modern context.

French Equipment

The French Military Updates its Service Pistol for 2020

The HK416 and The French Military

The Dassault Rafale – France’s Multirole Fighter Jet

The French Military to Replace the FAMAS [2015]

MODERN FRENCH UNITS

The French Foreign Legion

The French G.I.G.N.

HISTORICAL

French Forces during the Napoleonic Era

The Battle of Waterloo

The French Resistance of WWII

FRENCH MILITARY OVERVIEW

The modern day French military consists of the Army (l’armée de terre), Navy (la marine nationale), Air Force (l’armée de l’air) and a militarized police force known as the Gendarmerie. France’s military might ranks as the 5th most powerful force worldwide and 2nd most powerful force in Europe. The French military is a volunteer-only force. Women are accepted into most roles including combat roles.

France is one of three European nations which currently possess a nuclear arsenal (the UK and Russia being the other two). 

The French military is a vital component of NATO (l’OTAN).

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