France did not spend a single cent to obtain the first overseas military bases after World War II
2008 年 6 29, in the city of Carcassonne in southwest France, a group of soldiers standing naval infantry parachute The third group outside the barracks. Xinhua News Agency/Agence France
to establish military bases in the UAE highlighted the strategic priorities of the French overseas transfer
Iran is considered the primary target of this military base
France, according to several media reports in the French military base in Abu Dhabi next week to officially put into use. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and UAE President Khalifa will jointly attend the opening ceremony of the military base. French media that set up military bases in the UAE, which is led by Nicolas Sarkozy, the French defense reform in a highly symbolic move.
exact date for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, none of the French presidential palace and the Department of Defense formally announced to the outside world. However, the French media of various sources, the rituals are likely to be held after May 26. A source in a Web site broke the news that the French media, the French presidential palace has issued internal instructions to government personnel, before the ribbon-cutting ceremony to avoid the disclosure of the issue to the media. The person that Sarkozy wants to ensure that the sensational events of the “news-oriented.”
quickly into attack military base
UAE military bases in France and the UAE signed a defense agreement in 1995, a continuation. Over the years, the UAE has repeatedly called on France to set up military bases in the country, but President Jacques Chirac’s former foreign defense policy, the focus on Africa, far more than the Persian Gulf region. Intention to reform the French defense policy, Sarkozy is shortly after taking office, and soon agreed to the request of the UAE. In January 2008, Sarkozy’s visit in the UAE has announced that should the UAE’s request, France will set up a military base in the country. Since then, the base of the building work will soon be underway.
French media said the French military base in the UAE armed forces will be a set of integrated base, can accommodate 400 to 500 soldiers. Under the French official saying that the base belongs to the Indian Ocean French Navy headquarters, is a type of logistical support base. However, the French military sources familiar with the situation said, if necessary, the base can be quickly transformed into attack military bases.
It is reported that the French military base in UAE, the command center will be located in their naval base. The naval base is located near the port of Abu Dhabi, will run on the French Navy ships in the Indian Ocean to provide end-result and stop logistics.
Air Force Base will be “Phantom” fighter group composed of the main force. Back in October 2008, the French Air Force’s three “Phantom” fighter has entered the UAE. In the next period of time, from France and Djibouti military base, “Phantom” fighter and Manas in Kyrgyzstan from the imminent closure of military bases tankers will enter the base. And this military base Army base will be located in a desert war and urban warfare training center.
“long time not to establish military bases overseas”
cut the defense budget in the French context, the establishment of many military bases are rejoiced. A general, told the media: “This is a revolution in the French army, we set up military bases overseas a long time had not.”
Indeed, the UAE military base in France after World War II established the first overseas military bases. Prior to this, without exception, the French overseas military bases are set up in Africa, they are a product of French colonial era.
French military analysts believe that the establishment of military bases in the UAE, which fully reflects the strategic focus of the French overseas transfer. Should be asked Sarkozy, the French Ministry of Defense in 2008 issued a sensational “Defense White Paper.” White wrote, the French military intervention force should be deployed with a priority focus on strategic geopolitical axis, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf region this “crisis zone.”
a long time, although in the Indian Ocean French Djibouti and Reunion with the two major military bases, however, are not in the Persian Gulf military presence. Military experts believe that, in order to ensure the safety of maritime energy supply routes, the French must be of great strategic significance in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, to maintain a certain military deterrent and rapid intervention capability. For this reason, the Persian Gulf region by the French as a new strategic focus, Sarkozy was actively promoting the construction of military bases in the UAE.
payment was spent to obtain an overseas military base
French media said the French military bases in the UAE, in addition to its overseas strategy to meet the needs of outside , but also to France from the UAE to obtain significant economic benefits, this measure can achieve the “two birds with one stone” effect.
statistics show that the UAE is France’s biggest arms export destination countries. For example, the country has a total of 388 purchased from the French Leclerc tanks. In addition, according to sources, France is working with the UAE to discuss the sale 63 “Hurricane” fighter of the huge arms contract. In addition, France wants to establish military bases in the UAE through the exchange for hearts and minds of the leaders of the UAE, the UAE as soon as possible the construction of two huge third-generation nuclear reactor contract.
strategy for the purpose of the French military base in the UAE, France and the United Arab Emirates have said publicly that the two governments, the military facilities “not directed against anyone.” However, military analysts believe that this “Cidiwuyin” the statement, just to prove that Iran has a military base for the object of this “hidden agenda” of military purposes. Analysts said the development of Iran’s nuclear capabilities of France and the United Arab Emirates that the two countries are very worried.
UAE in order to ensure their own safety, do not want to blindly rely on the United States, wish France could become more involved in the Gulf region’s security affairs. For this purpose, the UAE is not only to provide land for the French military base, and full funding for the French construction of the new ultra-modern military bases. French media exclaimed: We actually have not spent a cent on overseas military bases to obtain a! (China Youth Daily PARIS, May 22 (Xinhua) Lin Weiguang)