Ranked:
4th (2012)

French Military Budget

See the chart below for a yearly breakdown of military spending in France. (2001 to 2012)

Military Spending in France

Our latest data shows that France spent $62,582,000,000 on their military in 2012 which amounted to 2.3% of the country's GDP that year. Check out the chart below for more French military budget data. We can only publish the past 12 years, but SIPRI has data as far back as 1988 on their site.

Total Spent: $778,012,000,000 (Last 12 years)

Year Dollars Spent % GDP
2001 $61,576,000,000 2.5%
2002 $62,840,000,000 2.5%
2003 $64,749,000,000 2.6%
2004 $66,526,000,000 2.6%
2005 $65,123,000,000 2.5%
2006 $65,470,000,000 2.4%
Year Dollars Spent % GDP
2007 $65,691,000,000 2.3%
2008 $65,037,000,000 2.3%
2009 $69,426,000,000 2.6%
2010 $66,251,000,000 2.4%
2011 $62,741,000,000 2.3%
2012 $62,582,000,000 2.3%

Note on Data: Constant (2011) US Dollars are used. For more information about this data visit SIPRI.org.

SIPRI Footnote: The figures for France from 2006 are calculated with a new methodology due to a change in the French budgetary system and financial law.

Other Countries in the Region

Russian Flag Russia
$90,646 Million (2012)
Swiss Flag Switzerland
$5,136 Million (2012)
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$62,582 Million (2012)
Georgian Flag Georgia
$451 Million (2012)
Polish Flag Poland
$9,912 Million (2012)
Montenegrin Flag Montenegro
$83 Million (2012)
Slovenian Flag Slovenia
$562 Million (2012)
German Flag Germany
$48,617 Million (2012)

France's Military Branches

Army (Armee de Terre; includes Marines, Foreign Legion, Army Light Aviation), Navy (Marine Nationale), Air Force (Armee de l'Air (AdlA); includes Air Defense).

Military Service Age in France

17-40 years of age for male and female voluntary military service (with parental consent); no conscription; 1-year service obligation; women serve in noncombat posts.