France Military Power 2020-2021

World ranking: 8 

Overview

France, not too long ago was a colonial power. In fact its influence is still felt throughout Western Africa and it still holds land in South America in the form of an "Overseas Department" called French Guiana as well as islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. France aims to reestablish itself as a dominant world power.

Capital: Paris

Population: 66.9 million

Defence Budget: 42.2 billion

Total Personnel: 451,000

land forces

The French Army is a moderately sized and relatively modern force. France, as a Western European nation isn't concerned about protecting its borders. Instead, it's focused on fighting in overseas conflicts. Therefore the French Army isn't a huge force. With a few hundred Leclerc tanks and an assortment of armoured vehicles numbering around 6000 and over 450,000 troops, the French army is the biggest in Western Europe. However if it is to fight for its interests in the Middle East and Africa without US assistance it must up these numbers. 

Tanks: 528

AFV: 6,028

MLRS: 13

SPG: 109

Air force

Being one of the only countries in the world which designs and produces its own fighters, the French Air Force has an advantage over most other mid-power air forces. It's large fleet of Dassault Rafales fitted with many modern technologies means that it has the largest and most capable air force in Europe. 

Fighters: 269

Attack: 0

Armed UAVs: 16

Attack Helicopters: 62

Helicopters: 589

Other: 353

Navy

The French navy has it all. The only nuclear powered carrier outside of the US navy, the Charles de Gaulle serves as the flagship of the French Navy. It carries Rafale M fighters and E-2C Hawkeyes. With three LHDs and four ballistic missile submarines as well as an assortment of different destroyers and frigates, the French Navy is a formidable force. This navy can easily project force in areas which France has interests in.   

Total Vessels: 180

Carriers and LHDs: 4

Destroyers: 11

Frigates: 11

Corvettes: 0

Submarines: 9

Strong points

  • Technological know-how

  • Very capable defence industry

  • Exceptional training

  • US backing

  • Impressive equipment standards

  • Navy packs a punch

  • Force projection capabilities are excellent

weak points

  • Land forces could use more equipment

  • Cannot sustain large troop loss without public backlash

Statistics

Manpower

451,000

Tanks

528

AFV

6,028

MLRS

13

SPG

109

Fighters

269

Attack 

0

UCAV

16

Attack helis

62

Helicopters

589

Other

353

Total vessels

180

Carriers & LHDs

4

Destroyers

11

Frigates

11

Corvettes

0

Submarines

9