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Adoption of the Military Programming Act 2024-2030

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Parliament finally adopted on Thursday, July 13, the Government’s Military Programs (LPM) Bill, with a large supportive vote from the Senate, on the eve of July 14.

The project, which plans 413.3 billion euros for militaries from 2024 to 2030 but also delays equipment deliveries, was approved in the Senate, after the green light from the assembly on Wednesday. Good news for the CEO, who had hoped for a final adoption before the national holiday, and for Emmanuel Macron, who will deliver his traditional speech to the armies on Thursday evening at the Hotel de Brienne.

The text was adopted by 313 votes to 17. Senators from the CRCE group, which has a communist majority, voted against it. Most environmentalists abstained. On the other hand, the promulgation of the law must be postponed. LFI deputies have appealed to the Constitutional Council.

40% increase in budget

“This vote should not be the end of discussions on these military topics.”called the Minister of the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecorno, noting the need for “National debate, maybe even popular”.

In the context of multiple international tensions and the war in Ukraine, LPM plans to allocate 413.3 billion euros to the Armed Forces over seven years, from 2024 to 2030 (including 13.3 billion from extra-budgetary resources). This path has yet to be validated each year in state budgets. It will lead to an increase of 40% compared to the previous LPM system (2019-2025).

sequel after announcement

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But the government has been accused of opportunistic planning for higher spending after 2027, the end of Macron’s five-year term.

After a long showdown with the Senate, the pace has accelerated in the Joint Committee: 2.3 billion must be launched faster, by 2027, especially for training.

“This LPM features a very large increase in credits”On Thursday, LR Senate Rapporteur Christian Cambon received. “LPM is part of the global movement for overarming”On the contrary, the communist Pierre Laurent denounced.

Fixed vote in the context of the war in Ukraine

At the assembly, the text was adopted on Wednesday by the votes of the presidential camp, LRs, Liot, RN and PS.

sequel after announcement

Opponents, especially on the left, are lashing out “advertising effects”indicating that about thirty billion will cover inflation, and that credits flow from the previous LPM – “100 billion” According to the socialists.

Real ideological disputes also broke out between the presidential camp and part of the left over the costly nuclear deterrence (13% of the appropriations), or the degree of consideration for climate change. France’s place in NATO has marked the debates and divisions even within the left.

Drawing on lessons learned from the conflict in Ukraine, LPM provides 16 billion euros for ammunition and 5 billion for surface-to-air defence, but does not escape delaying deliveries. Despite the great efforts – 268 billion for equipment, the armies, for example, will receive fewer armored vehicles and Rafale aircraft or frigates than was planned in the previous program.

New guys in arms

To modernize the military apparatus, the law provides 10 billion for innovation, 6 for space, 5 for drones, 4 for the Internet and digital.

sequel after announcement

To help fund the defense industry, and at the suggestion of senators, the text clears the way for a portion of the funds raised via Livret A. “Important for the message to banks: the defense is not dirty.”Sen. L.R. Cedric Perrin believes.

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In terms of the workforce, the government is counting on 275,000 full-time military and civilian personnel in 2030 (excluding reservists). But in According to the reality of the labor marketthe Ministry will be able to allocate funds ” employment “ towards the loyalty of the troops (bonuses, advantages, etc.). Parliamentary committee “appreciation” Arms exports will be generated. The Senate called for a committee “controls”. ‘It’s a clear setback’lamented Environmental Senator Guillaume Gontard.

The text is finally reinforced by the National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (Anssi). In the event of a threat to national security, it may in particular begin to take several progressive coercive measures against domain names, data collection on the operator’s network, despite strong concerns on the left about data protection.

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