Military and Transnational Issues in France

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) (2011)
Military service age and obligation
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 (2012)
Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49:
females age 16-49:
14,238,434 (2010 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49:
females age 16-49:
11,721,827 (2010 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
377,839 (2010 est.)
Military expenditures
2.6% of GDP (2005 est.)
Disputes - international
Madagascar claims the French territories of Bassas da India, Europa Island, Glorioso Islands, and Juan de Nova Island; Comoros claims Mayotte; Mauritius claims Tromelin Island; territorial dispute between Suriname and the French overseas department of French Guiana; France asserts a territorial claim in Antarctica (Adelie Land); France and Vanuatu claim Matthew and Hunter Islands, east of New Caledonia
Illicit drugs
metropolitan France:
transshipment point for South American cocaine, Southwest Asian heroin, and European synthetics
French Guiana:
small amount of marijuana grown for local consumption; minor transshipment point to Europe
transshipment point for cocaine and marijuana bound for the US and Europe
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