Macron announces 118bln-euro hike of defence budget


The French president said the increased spending on defence over the next seven years would include a 60% increase in the military intelligence budget, adapted to 'high-intensity' conflict, along with investment in drones, cyber-defence and improved air defences, adding that, 'We need to be one war ahead'.

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French President Emmanuel Macron has detailed plans for a major boost to the armed forces, to meet modern threats including Russia's war in Ukraine, reports BBC News.