The defense budget will be maintained at the current level of € 31.4 billion for the next three years. Jean-Yves Le Drian announced property sales and disposals of equity holdings in companies to compensate for budget freeze.
Atlantico: The French army can it become profitable as are the companies? Its purpose is it to have a balanced budget?
Jean-Vincent Brisset: This question may seem surprising. She is actually in a great democratic country. But be aware that there are many countries where the armed forces have a direct link with the commercial sector . It has long been the case in China, for example, where the field of military industry and that of the army were completely intertwined . Things went much further since in all regiments, military and their families, in addition to purely work related training were running small businesses, farms (sometimes very large sizes), businesses and institutions recreation and restoration.
This mix, causing much corruption that distort competition, theoretically disappeared . In many countries, including France, the armies "earn" no money, but they can perform paid services using their equipment, whether rental locations or equipment, for filming films such as transport to other departments (which are sometimes coaxing to pay their dues) or others. Without financial transfers, they can also save the state, local communities are relatively high paying men and vehicles (Vigipirate, cleaning beaches, highway operations ...) that act in place of other State officials who are not available or too expensive. It may even be of interest to individuals or associations, through loans land or equipment, for example a rave party. Sometimes the Defence put at the disposal of companies or other departments its research and experimentation. It is important not to exaggerate the importance of this phenomenon. The sums involved in loans and rent charged are low and often these services are provided free of charge, without any consideration being given to defense budget