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

7,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 October 2014
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2015
Foreseen end date
31 December 2015


The French Ministry of Defence has unveiled plans to cut 7,500 jobs in 2015. As announced, the job reduction measure is part of the government’s efforts to reduce the budget deficit. The plan envisages, among others, the dissolution of a marine artillery unit and the closure of the headquarters of the first mechanised brigade in Châlons en Champagne, raising concerns about the possible impact on the local economy. In addition, a military hospital located in Paris (hôpital du Val-de-Grâce) is to close.

The announced restructuring is in the framework of the Military Planning Act 2014-2019 (loi de programmation militaire), that envisages 24,000 job cuts.


  • 15 October 2014: Europe 1
  • 15 October 2014: rfi


Eurofound (2014), Ministry of Defence, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 77833, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/77833.