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Defense policy cannot remain the blind spot of public debate, denouncing the socialist senators

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War is at the gates of the European Union. What was unimaginable a few months ago is today a tragic reality and takes us back to the darkest hours of our history. To deal with this, France must adopt a clear and common defense strategy. The new Strategic National Review (RNS), presented by the President of the Republic in Toulon, on November 9, does not rise to the level of the crisis we are experiencing. It is meant to be a strategic framework in which the work of drafting the next Military Programming Act (LPM) that will go into effect during 2024-2030 will be appallingly weak, not to mention empty.

First of all, we regret the method once again chosen by the executive power to finalize this text of great importance for the coming years: work carried out in a vacuum, far from any democratic and parliamentary debate, such as defense councils in which the chief of the armed forces determined the health policy of our country for a period of time. two years ” war “ against the epidemic.

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In his speech on November 9, the head of state thanked the parliamentarians in the committees that had been consulted on this review. Can we talk about “consultation” When the minister makes a simple oral presentation in front of a few deputies and senators who could not read the text in advance and this is ten days before the Toulon speech? Does the consultation consist, from the perspective of examining the next session of the House of Representatives, in flooding the parliamentary floor with many working groups without a real ability to think or make a decision? Obviously, we don’t have the same idea of ​​democratic debate. The commitment of the nation assumes, it is claimed, that Parliament is fully engaged, and in real conditions of exchanges.

Non-politicization of defense options

Already last year, ignoring the text of the law, the government did not consider it necessary to submit an update to the LPM to parliament and contented itself with making marginal amendments, accompanied by minor debate without legislative value. We regret the lack of politicization of choices in defense, which allows government to act on the malignant without having to be held accountable.

Where will the spark that will start a fire in Europe come from?

Perhaps this development process explains the shortcomings of the new RNS as there is nothing up to the challenges or gravity of the geopolitical context. However, the issue of strategic stocks [N.D.L.R. : Stocks de denrées vitales mais dont l’approvisionnement est fragile], Central for two years, must necessarily be the subject of global thinking. We wish this reflection had been completed before this RNS was written, enriched by feedback from the health crisis and eight months of war in Ukraine. Likewise, we learn that A War Economy Preparedness Plan Under development. It’s already time, because LPM “from the war” It will necessarily have to finance excess stockpiles and industrial production capacities, beyond existing weapons programmes. RNs expect it“The concept of operational defense for the territory will also be renewed.”And this is without the participation of the Gendarmerie Forces or the General Secretariat for Defense and National Security in drafting it. Isn’t this a very important political issue, affecting all regions and receiving special attention from local elected officials?

deterioration of our means

In addition to these declarations, which have no place in the doctrine document that is supposed to set course, the National Security Service inflicts a series of useless statements on us. But the worst is not in those weaknesses of form, which an examination by Parliament could not have allowed to remain. Basically everything indicates that we will go, at the next LPM, from a “Full Army Model”, Which refer to the best international operating standards, to a “A reliable, cohesive and balanced army model”Which does not say anything about ambitions that must be achieved, but rather reveals a deterioration in our capabilities.

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Within the framework of existing institutions and representative democracy, Socialist senators campaign tirelessly for Parliament to be able to fully exercise its role of information and control on defense issues, which should not be the prerogative of experts. Parliament brings essential transparency and expertise to such strategic decisions, which generate significant budgetary efforts and military commitments. He demonstrated this during the examination of this LPM, which was greatly enriched and supported by the Senate.

The President of the Republic may not call for the nation’s commitment to the following: “war economy” Without being associated with national representation. Defense policy cannot remain the blind spot in the French public debate. It is clear that a democratic debate is necessary for citizens to address the issues that affect their destiny and to clarify the level of ambition of the LPM in the future. this is the reason We formally require the government to hold an annual discussion in plenary session on the obligations of our militaries, whether internal or external.

Marie Arlette Carlotti; Helen Conway Murray; Giselle Jorda; Gilbert; Roger Rachid Temmal; Jean-Marc Tudeschini; Mikael Valli; Andre Valligny Yannick Vaugrenard – All Socialist Senators.

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