“It’s pressing to reinvest in our protection given the magnitude of the risk”

FIGAROVOX / STAND – La Défense was the large absentee of the presidential elections, deplores the deputy of LR Jean-Louis Thiériot. For him, the power to “win the warfare earlier than the warfare”, that’s, to keep away from it, deserves to be included within the “no matter the associated fee” of safety.

Jean-Louis Thiériot is the previous president of the departmental council of Seine-et-Marne. Lawyer and historian, he revealed particularly “De Gaulle, the final reformer” (Tallandier, 2018). At present a deputy of LR, he’s a candidate within the legislative elections within the third district of Seine-et-Marne.


Regardless of the weapons that have been going to Ukraine, the protection was the principle absentee of the presidential elections. Much more surprisingly, whereas many European international locations are adapting their army software (Belgium: transfer to 2.1% of GDP, Poland to three%, Germany: particular fund of 100 billion), France is totally silent. The state of affairs of our public funds, the inventory of debt, the inflationary threats and its corollary, the foreseeable rise in rates of interest, simply clarify this embarrassed silence. Nevertheless, the state of affairs is worrying and the selections to be made are pressing.

Whether or not it’s the parliamentary mission on “excessive depth fight” that I had the respect of co-reporting or the latest report by the Court docket of Auditors, the statement is identical. Excluding deterrence, the French military will need to have a “full military mannequin” and have fight expertise. However he is a sampler, missing the “bulk” and provides wanted to final in high-intensity fight. In 100 days the Ukrainian military thus misplaced the equal of our fleet of heavy armored autos and its losses in males symbolize 1 / 4 of our military.

The Court docket of Auditors notes that, even respecting the three billion annual improve envisaged by the planning regulation, the purpose of an entire mannequin by 2030 can’t be achieved.

Jean-Louis Thieriot

Confronted with this discovering, after having rightly praised compliance with the LPM, the Court docket notes that, whereas respecting the annual improve of three billion envisaged by the planning regulation, the target of an entire mannequin by 2030 can’t be achieved. . It proposes three situations, of which the primary two are unacceptable: the abandonment of a few of our expertise on the mannequin of built-in evaluation of the UK, the “homothetic discount” of our investments – the extension of packages at the price of a rise in last prices – or the rise in our efforts, that are tough to attain within the present budgetary atmosphere. Nevertheless, given the dimensions of the threats, significantly in Europe, it’s the solely acceptable one. It’s a few brave steps:

· Write a brand new White Paper, placing French pursuits, the character of the threats and the means wanted to reply to them on paper. Regardless of the 2017 replace, the most recent White Paper dates again to 2013 and is partially old-fashioned.

Urgently fill the capability gaps already recognized: ammunition shares, deep assaults (heavy artillery which the Ukrainian battle has proven the burning want), engineering, logistics, mining breakthrough, drones and anti-hydron fight, protection plane, Rafale fleet for be bolstered, armament of our ships, simply to call just a few, with out forgetting the coaching of the forces and the upkeep in operational situations of the tools.

· Mirror on the expertise / mass steadiness and the strengthening of the amount of forces, in all probability by higher use of reserves and the discount of inside operations reminiscent of Sentinel.

Anticipating the challenges of tomorrow by 2040 as a result of weapon programs are constructed far upstream: hypersonic weapons, directed vitality weapons, quantum computer systems, AI, cognitive warfare …

It’s time for political braveness to tackle usually unpopular bills, even when the picture of the armies is phenomenal and there’s a actual Keynesian multiplier.

Jean-Louis Thieriot

All this might be costly, however greater than in some other matter, the power to “win the warfare earlier than the warfare”, that’s, to keep away from it, deserves to be included in “no matter the associated fee” of safety.

It’s time for political braveness to tackle usually unpopular bills, even when the picture of the armies is phenomenal and there’s a actual Keynesian multiplier.

He’s additionally thinking about modern options.

Why not examine the probabilities of leasing with a non-public fund, exterior the state funds, devoted to the acquisition of protection tools, permitting you to hire the tools and estimate solely the hire or what can be destroyed. Lastly, in Brussels, the combat have to be waged for protection spending to be excluded from the Maastricht standards. Belgium and Poland have already requested it. It’s as much as France to be the chief on this concern.

The European pillar of the protection of Europe is a key concern, offered it’s carried out with readability and with out naivety. Something that strengthens the power of Europeans to defend themselves is an effective factor. However “European strategic autonomy” stays a chimera for a lot of of our companions. For our allies, significantly within the east, NATO stays the unsurpassed horizon. The 7 billion of the European Protection Fund (towards the 1000 billion of annual expenditure), the everlasting structured cooperation and even the wonderful report by Thierry Breton on European protection are solely milestones. Protection will stay the simplest instrument of nationwide and advert hoc bilateral agreements for a very long time to come back.

This maxim, “as a lot Europe as attainable, as a lot nationwide as vital” additionally applies to the protection business. Within the summaryit could be fascinating to have European giants. In concrete phrases, on tasks such because the SCAF or the MGCS, we measure the difficulties of cooperation that make sense provided that they permit us to acquire, at decrease value and extra rapidly, tools that meets the actual wants of our armies. That is removed from all the time the case. If we add to this the American tropism of some actors – Airbus, which powers the Eurodrone with GE engines, or Germany, which, as quickly because it introduced the creation of the 100 billion fund, has ordered American F35s – we should wager on vigilance.

Protection is way more than army protection, it’s civil safety, financial protection, cyber protection, cultural and ethical protection.

Jean-Louis Thieriot

Some priorities emerge: the creation of a European Buy Deed arms in alternate for cooperation; preservation of French freedom in massive exports; safeguard the financing of the BITD (industrial and technological base protection) threatened by some ESG standards or by some disastrous tasks reminiscent of social taxonomy and the label of sustainable finance which might exclude the protection sector. The creation of a Secretariat of State on the BITD that coordinates the assorted actors could possibly be one reply.

All these components have to be built-in into the idea of “International Protection” outlined by the ordinance of 1959, whose spirit have to be rediscovered: Protection is way more than army protection, it’s civil safety, financial protection, cyber protection, cultural and ethical protection . It’s the resilience of the nation, the promotion of sovereignty for important industries, the constructing of strategic shares. With out falling into an irrelevant obsidional fever, the strengthening of the planning cells of the SGDSN (Basic Secretariat for Protection and Nationwide Safety) is an actual necessity.

In brief, it is time for motion! It is usually, on this elementary concern, if there may be braveness, within the nationwide union of the governing events. The sword of France is above the vacations!


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