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September 2013

France's New Strategy: The 2013 White Paper

François Hollande inspects the troops during Bastille day parade, courtesy European Parliament/flickr
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François Hollande inspects the troops during Bastille day parade

This brief analyzes the 2013 French White Paper on National Security and Defense -- i.e., it outlines its strategic priorities, main objectives, and how the country might fulfill them in the future. Interestingly enough, the White Paper retains the priorities set out in 2008, but it calls for lashing them more closely together and, more implicitly, cutting France’s military capabilities. Finally, the brief looks at France's geostrategic plans for Europe and discusses the significance the paper might have for Switzerland.

© 2013 Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich

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Author:

Lisa Watanabe

Editor:

Christian Nünlist

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139

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