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French Army Incapable of Participating in Large Military Operations - Defense Minister

© AP PhotoA French soldier checks passengers of a transport truck arriving in Gao, northern Mali, Feb. 14, 2013.
A French soldier checks passengers of a transport truck arriving in Gao, northern Mali, Feb. 14, 2013. - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.11.2022
PARIS (Sputnik) - The modern French had not been formed with the requirement to take part in large-scale military operations and has long been underfunded, French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu said on Wednesday.
"Even if our army today could not participate in a 'high-intensity' conflict... But imagine a French soldier in Mali surrounded by an armed group of terrorists: that is high intensity! It is more correct to say that it is impossible to take part in large-scale operations," Lecornu said in an interview with French broadcaster LCI.
"This happened for a number of reasons: after the dissolution of the Warsaw Treaty Organization, the governments of previous presidents did not form our army to participate in large-scale military operations, it was irrelevant. The second reason is a significant decrease in its funding, sometimes for significant, sometimes for insignificant reasons."
On Tuesday, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, a former chief of the French Defense Staff, said that the French army is incapable of high-intensity warfare today. He added that the army needs a much larger budget to modernize weapons and equipment, stockpile ammunition, and improve logistics capabilities than the French government is currently providing.
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