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For Lecornu, “there is nothing too much” in the 413 billion of the Military Programming Law

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The Minister of the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, defended Tuesday, at the end of the Council of Ministers, the future Military Programming Law (LPM) which provides in particular for an increase in the budget of the armies over the next few years.

During a press conference at the end of the Council of Ministers, the Minister for the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu indicated on Tuesday April 4 that “there is nothing too much” in the future Military Programming Law (LPM) 2024 -2030. This provides for 413 billion euros in defense spending.

Asked about the amount of this envelope, compared to the twelve billion euros in savings that the government intends to generate by 2030 via its pension reform, Sébastien Lecornu affirmed that “opposing our collective security to our social model is absurd “.

He also added: “our social model is 30 points of our GDP, the armies are 1.9”.

According to the trajectory proposed by this LPM, the budget of the armies will increase by 3.1 billion euros in 2024 then by 3 per year from 2025 to 2027, before “steps” of 4.3 billion per year from 2028 , i.e. beyond the current five-year term.

A hope of promulgation “around July 14”

The minister also defended himself from any renunciation within the framework of this LPM, which provides, despite increased resources, for a certain number of postponements of deliveries – A400M, Scorpion armored vehicles, Rafale, defense and intervention frigates. ..

“There is no renunciation but scaling up, they are also done in connection with the industrialists”, he argued.

At the same time, this LPM operates “significant reinforcements on what concerns us today”, he underlined, referring to the ground-air defense and the fight against drones, the Overseas Territories, the intelligence which will benefit from a 60% budget increase or even “the new spaces which are becoming militarized” (cyber, seabed, space, etc.).

But “these technological leaps have costs,” he said.

The budgetary envelope from which the armies will benefit is finally intended to finance “the modernization of nuclear deterrence” and to “continue the repair” of the armies, after long years of scarcity, he recalled.

The law project will be presented in mid-May to the National Assembly and then to the Senate in mid-June, in the hope of promulgation “around July 14”, said the minister.

With AFP

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