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Emmanuel Macron (center)
France has entered a period of war economy in which the country can no longer live with “year-old spending programming.” This was stated by the French leader Emmanuel Macron at the opening of the international exhibition of the arms industry Eurosatory 2022.
“I asked the Minister [of Defense of France] and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces to re-evaluate the law on military programming in the coming weeks, taking into account the geopolitical context.” ;,— he said.
Macron expressed confidence that France will be able to “organize” in the long term.
The Defense Programming Law aims to establish a multi-year spending program that Paris allocates to the armed forces.
The French President started increasing defense spending back in 2017. According to BFM TV, the budget of the French Ministry of Defense will increase again in 2022 to €40.9 billion in accordance with the plan for 2019–2025.
The French leader stressed that the growth of threats, including the start of a special operation Russia in Ukraine, make Paris “act faster” in this question.
Macron also called for the strengthening of the European defense industry, which should be “much stronger” in light of increased military needs due to the situation in Ukraine. “We need to create a much stronger European defense industry and industrial and technological base,” — he said.
Read on RBC Pro Pro The US market has reached a fair assessment. This is evidenced by the “Rule 20” and can it be prevented? p>Earlier, on June 10, Macron held a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which he asked him about the needs for military equipment, political and financial support and humanitarian assistance.
The French leader stressed that Paris remains mobilized for meet the needs of Kyiv, including in heavy weapons.
In mid-May, El Pais, citing documents from the European Commission, wrote that in the defense system of the EU countries “there are as many holes as there are soldier". Thus, in European countries, they revealed a very weak air defense of cities and infrastructure, a shortage of weapons and a lack of capacity for their production. In addition, in the event of a military conflict, Europe faces problems with logistics, and the military does not have encrypted satellite communications with European coverage, the newspaper noted.
The European Commission considered that the events in Ukraine revealed the negative consequences of “low defense spending in peacetime” in European countries.
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