29 Apr '13, 6pm

Crisis-Hit France To Cut Armed Forces By 10 Percent

PARIS — France plans to axe nearly 10 percent of all jobs in the armed forces as it battles a financial crisis, a government review showed Monday, in what critics said would reduce the country’s military clout. The white paper, which sets the general direction of France’s defense policy, seeks a balance between the need to protect France from high-level threats and budgetary constraints as the country teeters on the verge of recession. While reducing France’s deployable forces, the review calls for better cyber-defense and intelligence, with a particular focus on drones of its own. France’s deficit of surveillance drones was highlighted during its recent intervention against Islamist rebels in Mali, where the United States deployed several Predator drones in support of French forces. “If there is one common theme in what we wanted to implement with the whitepaper, it is to...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130429/DEFREG01/3042...

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