One of the biggest claims France has to major power status is its nuclear arsenal. Consisting of four SSBNs, three Le Triomphant class and the L’Inflexible, each of these carries sixteen M4/M45 missiles, which have a range of 5300 kilometers, and carrying six MIRVs packing a 150-kiloton nuclear warhead. France also has a force of 70 Mirage 2000N bombers carrying the ASMP cruise missile, with a range of 300 kilometers and packing a 300-kiloton warhead. Super Etendards flying from the Charles de Gaulle can also carry this missile.
The French Army is also a powerful force. This force consists of eight brigades, and is now all-volunteer. This has made is much more capable. Equipped with a mixture of LeClerc (240) and AMX-30 (780) tanks, 1050 AMX-10 IFVs, 3820 VAB APCs, and a mix of artillery (216 towed 155mm artillery pieces and 372 self-propelled artillery pieces). The French Army also operates 80 Tigre attack helicopters and 267 Gazelle attack helicopters. Since shifting to an all-volunteer force, the French army has become much better in terms of quality, backed by career non-commissioned officers. This force has carried out operations...
Also, during its war of independence, the french were fighting a civil war AND invasions from England, Germany, Spain, Italy and from the Dutch. that is five incoming armies.
Many times people claim that the french army is poor because they lost in WW2. which neighboring country didn't lose to the Germans? the only reason that the English survived was becuase of the water.
Not to mention that the Americans would have never won their war of independence without the help of Lafayette and the French navy.
Stupid French Army jokes are based upon no real historical facts. One with a basic notion of history will tell you that the French have had one of the most succesful militaries in history
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Hear about the new French army tanks? Two gears: Stop and reverse.
A French captain got the honor of talking to a British captain and asked "why do you wear red coats?" The British captain responded "It's to raise morale by keeping our men from seeing us bleed." The French captain says "What a novel idea. From now on, all French captains will wear yellow pants!"