EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Ministry of Defence

Ministry of Defence

Geographic Location

Country: France


Sector: Public administration and defence
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
84.22 - Defence activities
Number Employed: 274000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 15-10-2014
Planned Job Reductions min: 7500
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-01-2015
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2015

Additional Information

The French Ministry of Defence has unveiled plans to cut 7,500 jobs in 2015. As announced, the job reduction measure is part of the government’s efforts to reduce the budget deficit. The plan envisages, among others, the dissolution of a marine artillery unit and the closure of the headquarters of the first mechanised brigade in Châlons en Champagne, raising concerns about the possible impact on the local economy. In addition, a military hospital located in Paris (hôpital du Val-de-Grâce) is to close.

The announced restructuring is in the framework of the Military Planning Act 2014-2019 (loi de programmation militaire), that envisages 24,000 job cuts.