It’s been about 20 years since France ended compulsory military service, but if macron has his way it maybe coming back. He has vowed to introduce obligatory national service for all young people. He wants it to include both men and women and the term of service will be at least 3 months.
A task force has been established to form ideas on how to implement the national service and they need to develop a plan by the end of April. Since the idea was first floated during macron’s campaign in March 2017, many comments have been made regarding what how long the tour of duty will be, what age groups will be affected, will enlistment be mandatory and will the military tour of duty be combined with a tour of civic service.
This new service will increase France’s defense budget by about 1.7 billion euros a year from 2019 to 2022 and from 2023 the increase will rise to 3 billion euros.
The powder keg is expanding, back about 5 years ago the hot spot was mainly the middle east. Now it has grown to Korea Vs US and Japan and the middle east remains a hot spot.