French military prepares 2014 cuts, far-right seeks to benefit

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Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says 7,881 jobs will be cut next year but promises that by 2019 France will have 'the leading army in Europe'.

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France's military will cut almost 8,000 jobs next year, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday, detailing government belt-tightening plans that the far-right hopes will deliver it votes at municipal elections in 2014, reports Reuters.