Top French general calls for increase in defence spending

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In a rare move, General Pierre de Villiers wrote an appeal in French financial daily Les Echos calling for military spending to increase to 2% of GDP over the next five years, including an upgrading of nuclear arsenals, in order to protect France from against "the full spectrum of threats".

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France must raise defence spending given current security threats to two per cent of GDP by 2020 as "you can't win a war without a war effort", the country's chief of the defence staff warned on Wednesday, reports The Telegraph.