French Armed Forces

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French Armed Forces
Forces armées françaises
Service branches Royal Army
Royal Navy
Royal Air Force
National Guard
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
Military age 17–45
Conscription 1 year
Active personnel 657,904
Reserve personnel 1,131,000
Deployed personnel 0
Budget $126 billion
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.


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