Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.22 - Defence activities

54,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
17 June 2008
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


The French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced on 17 June 2008 the loss of 54,000 military and civilian defence jobs. Approximately 50 bases and defence facilities will be closed in early July. The restructuring will affect 24% of the workforce in the Air Force, 17% in the Army, and 11% in the Navy. The main objective of the government is to modernize the army without any additional expenditure and by using the savings generated by this large restructuring. The plan is to save EUR 2 billion each year from 2011 onwards. Besides, the government plans to spend EUR 160 million per year for the implementation of these cost-cutting measures, which correspond to about EUR 20,000 per person.


  • 17 June 2008: Les Echos
  • 18 June 2008: Sud Ouest
  • 6 August 2008: Les Echos
  • 17 June 2008: AFP
  • : (www.liberation.fr)


Eurofound (2008), Army/National security, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 66751, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66751.