French parliament approves 2 billion euro increase in defense spending
The French parliament on Tuesday approved an increase of about 2 billion euros in defense expenditure for 2018 in an opposite approach to the sectors that led in 2017 to a major dispute between President Emmanuel Macaron and the former chief of staff of the army.

The National Assembly approved an increase of 1.8 billion euros in the defense budget, which rose to 32.4 billion euros, or 1.82 percent of the gross domestic product. A large part of this budget is to be devoted to the renewal of military carriers, air fighters and other equipment used in counterterrorism operations. West Africa and the Middle East.

The increase is offset by the cut of 850 million euros in the 2017 budget, which led to a row in July between French President Emmanuel Macaron and former French army chief of staff General Pierre de Villelet.

De Villelet, who filed a complaint to the parliament about the army's budget, provoked McCron to resign, and after 2018 McCron plans to allocate more money to the military in the hope of meeting NATO's goal of defense spending accounting for 2 percent of GDP.

EU member states have come under intense pressure from US President Donald Trump to shoulder a larger share of the alliance's joint defense burden, which the United States currently holds about 70 percent.

France and Britain, which possess nuclear weapons, are the biggest military forces in the European Union and France is involved in several military operations in the world. It is a member of the international coalition against an oppressive organization in Iraq and Syria. It also publishes some 4,000 troops in Central and West Africa as part of Operation Burkhan against extremists , And at home, about 7,000 soldiers are deployed as they patrol the streets after a series of attacks that hit the country.

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