France set for major cuts to defence force

16th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

The much awaited white paper on defence calls for slashing 54,000 jobs civilian and military defence ministry jobs, says a source.

16 June 2008

PARIS - France's much-awaited white paper on defence calls for slashing 54,000 civilian and military defence ministry jobs over the next six to seven years, a source said Monday.

President Nicolas Sarkozy is to present the white paper defining France's security doctrine for the next 15 years on Tuesday during an address to some 3,000 members of the top military brass.

The cuts will affect civilian personnel as well as the armed, air and navy forces, according to the source.  The defence ministry employs 320,000 people.

Defence Minister Herve Morin is to announce up to 50 closures of bases and defence facilities in early July.

[AFP / Expatica]

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