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The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces$
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Hugo Meijer and Marco Wyss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790501

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198790501.001.0001

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French Military Operations

French Military Operations

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(p.797) 46 French Military Operations
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The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces
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Olivier Zajec

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790501.003.0047

Since the end of the Algerian decolonization war in 1962, French forces have been involved in many overseas operations, mostly in Africa, Afghanistan and the Middle East. From1991, French forces adjusted to a wide range of new operational challenges, while still applying the basic principles of combat and practising a reinforced interoperability at multinational, inter-agency, and joint levels. Heavily committed overseas, and infused with a specific expeditionary institutional culture, French military forces are positioned at the forefront of European and NATO forces. However, as the majority of the long-term plans for stability in Africa and in the Middle East are likely to require sustained military and security efforts, the cost of French actions is having a major impact on the national defence budget. In addition, the huge involvement of military forces on national soil (Operation ‘Sentinelle’) as a result of terrorist strikes in Paris could possibly limit the foreign interventions in the near future.

Keywords:   French armed forces, strategic autonomy, expeditionary culture, Sahel-Sahara Strip, combined arms task–organized units

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