France Boosts Military Spending in Response to Terror Threat

The French cabinet approved spending an additional 3.8 billion euros ($4.2 billion) on the military through 2019 to guard against potential terrorist attacks.

The increase brings military spending to 162.4 billion euros for the period, government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.

President Francois Hollande said after a series of killings in Paris in January that he planned to roll back planned personnel cuts in the army. With the new spending, France’s land army will expand to 77,000 soldiers from 66,000.

Seventeen people were killed by three men claiming to represent radical Islamic groups. In the wake of the attacks, Hollande said the military should be able to maintain 7,000 soldiers to guard sensitive sites in France, rising in a few days to 10,000 in case of need.

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