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France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing de Gaulle's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common exchange currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.


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Military

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 14,563,662
Females age 16-49 14,238,434 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 12,025,341
Females age 16-49 11,721,827 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 396,050
Female 377,839 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 54
2.6% of GDP (2005 est.)


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square Saint-cyr-le-gravelais Pays De La Loire

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square Camiran Aquitaine

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