Massive job and budget cuts expected for French military Created 2013-04-29 13:09 By RFI France Up to 24,000 French military jobs are said to be on the line as the French government prepares to release a new defence white paper later today. The paper comes amid discussions about Frances future military role, particularly in Africa. The white paper, nine months in the making, will set out French military expenditure between 2014 and 2019. It is expected to recommend between 20,000 and 24,000 job cuts over the next four years, according to the French business daily Les Echos and the national daily Le Monde. However, the number of posts lost in individual army department has not been decided. Military spending will be frozen at 31.4 billion euros next year. By 2015, the economic ministry reportedly wants it lowered to 28 billion euros, according to Le Monde. Total military spending from 2014 and 2019 will be 179.2 billion euros. The previous president, Nicholas Sarkozy, began the process of cutting 54,000 military posts between 2008 and 2015. The paper is expected to maintain French military bases in Africa. In January, France led a military intervention to drive out Islamists in northern Mali. President François Hollande is said to be keen on France maintaining close military ties with the rest of Europe and NATO. The white paper will be presented to parliament and be voted on after the summer. Massive job and budget cuts expected for French military - France - RFI So 24,000 + 10,000 from the previous round of cuts, that leave a total of 34,000 servicemen and women still to go.... The Armed forces have given Hollande the one and only success of his tenure and guess what ? They are the first to be axed...why am I not surprised ?