French Armed Forces

The French Armed Forces (French: Forces armées françaises) encompass the Army, the Navy, the Air and Space Force, the National Guard and the Gendarmerie of the French Republic. The President of France heads the armed forces as chef des armées.

French Armed Forces
Forces armées françaises

Logos of the French Armed Forces
Service branchesFrench Army
French Navy
French Air and Space Force
National Gendarmerie
National Guard
HeadquartersHexagone Balard, Paris
Leadership
Chief of the Armed ForcesPresident Emmanuel Macron
Minister of the Armed ForcesFlorence Parly
Chief of the Defence StaffGénéral d'armée François Lecointre
Manpower
Military age17.5
ConscriptionNone
Active personnel203,250[1]
Reserve personnel41,050[1]
Deployed personnel11,000[2]
Expenditures
BudgetUS$52.7 billion[3] (2020)
(ranked 8th)
Percent of GDP2.1% (2020)[3]
Industry
Domestic suppliersAirbus
Dassault
Naval Group
Nexter
MBDA
Safran
Thales
Foreign suppliersFN Herstal
Heckler & Koch
General Atomics
Lockheed Martin
Related articles
HistoryMilitary history of France
RanksArmy ranks
Navy ranks
Air and Space Force ranks

France has the sixth largest defence budget in the world and the first in the European Union (EU). It has the largest armed forces in size in the European Union.[4] According to Credit Suisse, the French Armed Forces are ranked as the world's sixth-most powerful military.[5]