Boosting French Defense Spending To Be Focus at High-Level Conference

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  1. Vergennes

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    Despite an increased budget,the defense spending as proportion to the GDP fell from 1.5% to 1.43%.
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    PARIS — The key topic for the forthcoming Summer Defence University, a high-level military, political and industrial conference, will focus on winning public support for boosting French defense spending to the target 2 percent of gross domestic product, said Jean-Pierre Raffarin, a senator and former prime minister of France.

    “The main target is to reach a common conviction in the French defense community, that the budgetary ambition set out as 2 percent of GDP is both necessary and difficult,” he said in weekly magazine Air & Cosmos.

    Raffarin, a former conservative prime minister, is chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces Committee of the Senate.

    The defense conference runs Sept. 5-6, with Prime Minister Manuel Valls due to give a closing speech. France presently spends 1.5 percent of GDP on defense, while NATO has asked member states to commit 2 percent.

    That 2 percent target will be adopted in the next multiyear military budget law, Raffarin said. In percentage terms, the budgetary increase is attainable but the government will need to win over French public opinion.

    “In percentage terms, the figures are within reach. In real terms, it will require an effort which calls for preparation (of public opinion),” he said.

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    Does France count non-official R&D in its defense expenditure figures? By this I mean grants or funds to universities researching or developing military projects. If not, the realized expenditure figure is likely to be higher then 1.4%.

    The US has universities, private companies, government and military research arms, only the last is counted as a defense expenditure. Funding to my company, coming from internal and external sources is not counted towards Norway's defense expenditure, even if the Norwegian government funds our R&D programs, which they may or may not.
     
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    The 1,4% of the GDP (€32,1Bn) figure only comprises the "defense mission".
     
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