Between Matignon and the Hôtel de Brienne, headquarters of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, it is time for a cold snap.
One week before the presentation to the Council of Ministers of the 2024-2030 military programming law, the final arbitrations are turning into a showdown.
The envelope is however considerable: 400 billion of budget to which will be added 13 billion of extra-budgetary receipts, even if these must still be specified.
The previous LPM amounted to 295 billion euros.
But in a context of budgetary tension, inflation and social crisis, every euro must be justified.
At the heart of the balance of power: the staggering of increases.
The budget equation is stubborn.
The budget of the armed forces today amounts to 43.9 billion euros in 2023, against 41 billion in 2022. To reach 413 billion at the end of the LPM, mathematically increases of more than 3 billion per year will be needed.
Matignon would like limited increases at the start of LPM and stronger in…
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