French Armed Forces
|French Armed Forces|
|Forces armées françaises|
Royal Air Force
|Headquarters||Hexagone Balard, Paris|
|Commander-in-Chief||King Jean IV|
|Minister of the Armed Forces||Richard de la Falaise|
|Chief of General Staff||Edgar Le Puloch|
|Percent of GDP||4%|
The French Armed Forces (French: Forces armées françaises) include the Royal Army, the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, and the National Guard. The King of the French is the supreme commander-in-chief of the military of the Kingdom of France. With a total of 657,904 active personnel and 1,131,000 reservists, the French Armed Forces are one of the largest in Europe. The military is headed by the Minister of the Armed Forces while the operational command of the forces is given to the Chief of the General Staff.
The military history of France encompasses an immense panorama of conflicts and struggles extending for more than 2,000 years across areas including modern France, greater Europe, and French territorial possessions overseas. According to the British historian Niall Ferguson, France has participated in 50 of the 125 major European wars fought since 1495, and in 168 battles fought since 387 BC, they have won 109, drawn 10 and lost 49: this makes France the most successful military power in European history—in terms of number of fought and won.