Chief of the Armed Forces (France)
In France, the Chief of the Armed Forces (French: chef des armées, lit. 'Chief of the Armies') is the supreme authority for military matters, an executive role vested in the President of the Republic. This role is given to the President with Article 15 of the constitution.
Emblem of the French Republic
since 14 May 2017
|French Armed Forces|
|Vested in||President of France|
|Status||Supreme authority for military matters|
|Constituting instrument||Constitution of France|
Powers and Duties
The Chief of the Armed Forces has the power and/or duty to:
- Command and control the armed forces such at will.
- Preside over meetings of the national defense councils and committees, which determine overall military strategy.
- Appoint and dismiss the most senior military officers (the Chief of the Defence Staff for example).
- Decide the necessary amount of resources for the armed forces.
- Order a direct nuclear strike (sole official who has this power).
- Initiate a military intervention in other countries.
- Article 15 of the Constitution shows that the President is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Archived 2014-09-27 at the Wayback Machine on conseil-constitutionnel.fr
- The President heads the highest military councils on legifrance.gouv.fr