French Army

The French Armed Forces encompass the French Army (Armée de Terre) , the French Navy (Marine Nationale), the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air) and the National Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Nationale). The President of the Republic heads the armed forces, with the title “chef des armées” (“chief of the military forces”). The President is the supreme authority for military matters and is the sole official who can order a nuclear strike. The French military has, as some of its primary objectives, the defence of national territory, the protection of French interests abroad, and the maintenance of global stability.