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French Military Chief Says More Spending Needed for New Threats

The Associated Press reports that “France’s military chief is urging the country’s next president to ratchet up defense spending to better confront Islamic extremists and authoritarian states that increasingly rely on military muscle.”

“Gen. Pierre de Villiers, chief of the general staff, said in an appeal published Wednesday in the business daily Les Echos that attacks on France and other European countries in recent years showed that ‘peace no longer happens by itself.'”

“He called for upgrading France’s nuclear arsenals and other equipment, and boosting defense spending over the next five years to 2 percent of gross domestic product, compared to 1.77 percent currently. France had promised such an increase to NATO by 2025, but de Villiers urged a faster effort.”

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