France’s Macron Suggests Significantly Increasing The Defense Budget
Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, has outlined intentions to significantly strengthen the military forces in order to counter current challenges like Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.
From 2024 to 2030, the budget will rise from €295 billion to €413 billion (£360 billion), he claimed.
He instructed troops at the Mont-de-Marsan airfield in southwest France that France had to first maintain and resupply its military forces before transforming them.
“We need to act better and differently; we can’t keep doing the same thing with more.”
Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Western nations have increased their military expenditures, often dramatically.
From 1.15 million to 1.5 million combat personnel would be deployed, according to plans released by the Kremlin. This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country’s robust defence sector has removed any doubt about Russia’s ability to win the war in Ukraine.
Given that Russia had invaded Ukraine, President Macron stated on Friday that there were no longer any “peace dividends” from the conclusion of the Cold War. As a result, the goal was to reinvest in a military that would defend France’s independence, security, prosperity, and position in the world.
A 60% increase in the military intelligence budget, as well as investments in drones, cyber-defence, and enhanced air defences, are essential components of his reforms.
He Cautioned, “We Need To Be One Fight Ahead”
The chief of military intelligence, Gen. Eric Vidaud, lost his position as a result of France’s inability to anticipate the Russian invasion in February. At the time, the head of the armed forces acknowledged that US and UK intelligence had understood the situation accurately.
With plans to provide AMX-10 RC “light combat tanks,” France has increased its military assistance to Ukraine in recent weeks, although it is believed to be lagging behind other European allies in providing Kyiv with arms.
In what was largely seen as a failure, France concluded its eight-year anti-jihadist campaign in the Sahel area of Africa last year.
France will need to reevaluate its alliances, according to President Macron, while continuing to be a leader in Europe and a dependable Nato partner and strengthening its ties with Germany, the UK, Italy, and Spain.
The Russian conflict has altered European defence objectives, leading Sweden and Finland to announce significant increases in their military spending as part of their NATO aspirations. From 2024, members of the Western military alliance will devote at least 2% of their GDP to defence.
Germany committed an additional €100 billion of the budget to the military forces in the days after the invasion in February 2022.
Under former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the UK committed to raising expenditure to 2.5% of GDP in June.
Because of the “most severe and complicated security situation since World War Two,” as Prime Minister Kishida Fumio warned, Japan announced a substantial increase in its defence budget last month. North Korea and China were mentioned as dangers.