France boosts defence spending

A French Navy Rafale intercepts a US Air Force B-52H during a flight en route to a Corsica training range in January this year. Under the LPM, work on the improved Rafale F4 standard will be launched this year.
USAF/Tech Sgt Joshua J Garcia

A DRAFT of the French Loi de Programmation Militaire (LPM, Military Planning Act), covering the period 2019-2025 was presented to the Council of Ministers for consideration on February 8. This includes a proposal for a major increase in defence spending. Total expenditure over the period is scheduled to be €295bn, of which €198bn has been budgeted for during the present fiveyear government term between 2019 and 2023. With a general election due in 2023, spending beyond that date may be subject to change. It will be considered over several months but is expected to be passed by parliament in the summer.

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