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France - Big boost for military

13 July 2017: Emmanuel Macron with Donald Trump on the steps of the Elysée Palace, Paris

France, presumably a key player in the future EU Army, has announced a staggering 260 billion euro rise in military spending between 2018 and 2025, an increase of over a third on its defence budget.

The rise comes six months after the head of the French armed forces and other senior military figures resigned in protest against President Macron’s defence cuts. Now Macron says he wants to meet France’s NATO commitments and in addition re-arm France as a separate and independent military power.