France pushing for more military technology and signals a shift to militarily support Europe independent of the USA

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The French press reported the following (in French, the first portion is a machine-translation of the source into English):

20 October 2017

The Strategic Defense Review was presented last week to the President of the Republic at a Defense Council. It is intended to set the strategic framework for the elaboration of the next Military Planning Law (LPM) 2019-2025, which should bring our defense effort to 2% of GDP by 2025.

The President of the Republic had entrusted to the Minister of Armies, Florence Parly, on June 29, the responsibility of conducting a Strategic Review of defense and national security. This review examines the interests of France, its ambition for defense and deduces the skills required primarily for our armies, particularly in terms of equipment.

From this 111 – page document we retain the reaffirmation of the industrial and technological ambition of our country. France enjoys a status of great technological power thanks to a solid industrial and technological defense base, which includes a dozen major groups, more than 4000 SMEs and relies on 200 000 jobs in France. Its vitality guarantees the armies in the long term access to equipment at the best level. The maintenance of a high industrial and technological ambition is therefore an issue of sovereignty and a pillar of our strategic autonomy ,” says the report.

Preparing for the future is a key to this technological performance: devoting high funding to research and upstream studies will ensure the capacity of the French defense ecosystem to maintain its position on the international scene and to produce the equipment for which forces will need. At the same time, the report highlights the importance of pursuing a comprehensive policy of support for innovation.


La Revue stratégique de défense a été présentée la semaine dernière au Président de la République lors d’un Conseil de défense. Elle est destinée à fixer le cadre stratégique de l’élaboration de la prochaine Loi de programmation militaire (LPM) 2019-2025, qui doit porter notre effort de défense à 2% du PIB à l’horizon 2025.

Le président de la République avait confié à la ministre des Armées, Florence Parly, le 29 juin dernier, la responsabilité de conduire une Revue stratégique de défense et de sécurité nationale. Cette revue examine les intérêts de la France, son ambition pour sa défense et en déduit les aptitudes prioritairement requises pour nos armées, notamment en matière d’équipements.

Nous retenons de ce document de 111 pages la réaffirmation de l’ambition industrielle et technologique de notre pays. La France jouit d’un statut de grande puissance technologique grâce à une base industrielle et technologique de défense solide, qui regroupe une dizaine de grands groupes, plus de 4000 PME et s’appuie sur 200 000 emplois en France. Sa vitalité garantit aux armées dans la durée l’accès à des équipements au meilleur niveau. « L’entretien d’une ambition industrielle et technologique élevée est donc un enjeu de souveraineté et un pilier de notre autonomie stratégique », souligne le rapport.

La préparation de l’avenir est une clé de cette performance technologique : consacrer des financements élevés à la recherche et aux études amont garantira la capacité de l’écosystème français de défense à maintenir son positionnement sur la scène internationale et à produire les équipements dont les forces auront besoin. En parallèle, le rapport met en avant l’importance de la poursuite d’une politique globale de soutien à l’innovation.

Notice that technology is considered to be a key aspect of France’s current and future military. Regular readers are aware that since last decade, I have warned that technology would be key to the coming military success of the European King of the North Beast power.

Lest anyone think that France alone is intending to keep its technology like it has in the past, notice some of what a German source reported about the French plan to share military technology:

BERLIN/PARIS (Own report) – German government advisors are praising the French government’s new military policy document (“Revue stratégique”) and are calling for accelerating the expansion of German-French military and arms cooperation. With this document, Paris is opening itself up “to cooperation in Europe, to a degree previously unknown,” according to the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), thus offering the possibility for rapid progress in the formation of European armed forces. France, however, has to “show that it can let loose, i.e. cooperate without having to dominate.” The DGAP is also calling on the French arms industry to open up. In this field, ambitious cooperation projects are only making slow progress, such as the KNDS – a merger of the German tank producer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) und Nexter Defense Systems. KNDS is supposed to develop a replacement for the Leopard 2 and Leclerc battle tanks but internal rivalries are slowing the project. Observers are placing their hopes on the development of a German-French jet fighter, which could enable Europe’s arms industry to become “independent of US companies” and achieve “European autonomy,” according to the DGAP.

Strategic Culture

Last Friday, the French defense ministry published its new “Revue stratégique”, a document outlining the basis for France’s future military policy, particularly concerning its upcoming military planning law (Loi de programmation militaire 2019-2025). On the one hand, the document declares that the – national – “safeguard of a complete and balanced armed forces model is indispensable” to guarantee “France’s national independence, strategic autonomy and freedom of action.”[1] On the other hand, however, it attaches great importance to a “stronger Europe” that can effectively defy “common challenges.” According to the document, “France seeks to strengthen the European defense,” and this also demands “a strategic culture shared by the Europeans.” This would mean that “at the beginning of the coming decade, the Europeans” must have a common defense doctrine and must be able to “jointly intervene credible manner.” This demands launching a “European intervention initiative” (“Initiative européenne d’intervention”), according to Paris’ Ministère des Armées.

“Let Loose”

German government advisors appear positively surprised. With this document, Paris is opening itself up “to cooperation in Europe to a degree previously unknown,” and is clearly becoming “more pragmatic,” the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) declared.[2] The French armed forces are indeed “overstretched,” and even though they can still initiate operations on their own, they can no longer finish them alone. Owning up to this “reality” opens new “areas of action” for multinational cooperation on the continent. Macron’s “idea of a new European intervention force, to be mustered according to the respective mission conditions” is motivated by “pragmatism.” 10/19/17

Notice that the Germans are surprised at how much the French are now willing to cooperate. Emmanuel Macron is a factor here. Also notice that the intention is to have a European force independent of the USA.

Please understand that the Bible foretells the rise of a militaristic power in Europe (Revelation 13:1-4), that will have a “great army” (Revelation 11:25), and that it will take over the strongest military in the world (Daniel 11:39; see also USA in Prophecy: The Strongest Fortresses) as well as a coalition of nations in North Africa and the Middle East (Daniel 11:40-43; see also Is the Future King of the South Rising Up?), before it is destroyed (cf. Daniel 11:44-45; Revelation 17:14; see also Russia and Ukraine: Their Origins and Prophesied Future). The Bible also supports the view that Germany will be a dominant factor (cf. Isaiah 10:5-12; see also Germany in Biblical Prophecy), and that for a time, the French will assist.

While Europe is NOT yet ready to cut ties with the USA, that is the goal.

The Europeans want independence from the USA and ultimately dominance of the world.

This will happen, for a time (cf. Daniel 2:41-44, 11:39-45; Revelation 13:5, 17:12-14).

As far as France goes, consider two items that the late evangelist Dibar Apartian wrote over 50 years ago:

A Striking Parallel

There may be a striking parallel between Reuben’s behavior in the past and that of France today. Indeed, in a few years, Reuben’s modern descendants will be at the side of the prophesied “beast” of Revelation when the Anglo-Saxons (the descendants of Joseph) are taken captive. France, like her forefather Reuben, will probably seek a compromise to prevent her former allies – the very SONS of Joseph – from being taken captive by the enemy. But what good will that really do? What good did it do to Joseph?

A compromise never relieves one from one’s own responsibilities. Without a doubt, Reuben loved his brother; he exerted himself in his own ways, through his own human reasoning, to save him. But the fact remains that he ended up by acting like a foe! France today also likes her “kin,” her natural allies. But, unless she repents, France will end up BEING a foe! (Apartian D. France: The Enigma of our Time. Plain Truth, August 1966, p. 32)

a political UNION of TEN nations or governments-which the Bible calls “the beast”-will rise in Europe in the end time. This union of ten European nations will MAKE WAR with the descendants of Jacob, particularly the two sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, whose modern descendants are the peoples of the BRITISH COMMONWEALTH and the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

This soon-coming union of ten nations or governments prophetically represents the last “head” of the resurrected “beast”-the revival of the “Holy Roman Empire” (Rev. 17 :9- 1 2). But contrary to what you may think, it will NOT consist only of Gentile nations. It will INCLUDE a group of ISRAELITISH nations. “Come out of her , my people,” says God in Revelation 18:4. “My people” means Israelites in Bible prophecy. Yes, once again, Joseph’ s own brothers will sell him to the Gentiles!

Once again REUBEN (the first-born of Jacob who anciently conspired with his brothers, will “act” in terms of saving him, but end · up by compromising with his brothers to send him into CAPTIVITY.

Ever since the early days of American history, the French have been on our side. There exists a brotherly link among all the ISRAELITISH nations. Nevertheless, by uniting politically with the “beast,” some of the modern Israelites will be instrumental in conquering the United States and Great Britain.

So says YOUR Bible! (Apartian D. De Gaulle and the Next World War. Plain Truth, September 1964, p. 11)

Thus, unlike some in groups like the Living Church of God (LCG), Dibar Apartian realized that France would be part of the Beast and will betray the sons of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh; see also Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel)–meaning the UK (as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) and the USA in the end.

Here are some items that LCG published:

French Influence in Europe Waning

Bible prophecy reveals the Israelite-descended nations will go into captivity under the European “beast” power at the time of the end. But, will France be inside or outside the “beast” power? The increasing EU frustration with France will be interesting to watch. (French Influence in Europe Waning. TW News & Prophecy, March 27, 2015).

France’s Tumble from the Top

France has been a major player in the development of the EU. However, France is an Israelite-descended nation. (France’s Tumble from the Top. TW News & Prophecy, June 30, 2014).

Whom Will France Support?

As core nations in the EU seek to form a European military, Britain and France are formulating other plans. …

For decades the Church of God has taught that a European Beast power composed of 10 nations or kings will emerge at the end of the age and play a dominant role in the world (Revelation 17 and 18). Bible prophecies indicate that most Israelite nations will not be a part of this empire (Ezekiel 23:9, 22-27; Hosea 11:5-7; Amos 5:3). The question is, will France support Europe or join with “brother” England? Time will tell. (Whom Will France Support? TW News & Prophecy, November 11, 2013).

Will France Exit the EU?

While France may not leave the EU in the immediate future, the Front National’s win highlights changing political winds in France and the growing unrest with the Brussels-centered EU. Some experts suggest this recent local election win is just the “tip of the iceberg”…

For decades the Church of God has understood that the end-time European Beast power will be ten kings or nations who give their power to that Beast (see Revelation 17). Bible prophecies indicate that most Israelite-descended nations will be overcome by that Beast and not be part of it (Ezekiel 23:9, 22-27; Hosea 11:5-7; Amos 5:3). It will be interesting to see what France will do. (Will France Exit the EU? TW News & Prophecy, October 21, 2013)

A coming “world political authority”?

The Bible predicts that, at the time of the end, ten kings will temporarily give their authority in an uneasy alliance to the “King of the North” (Daniel 2:41-43; Revelation 17:12-13)! The result will be a German-dominated European economic, military and religious superpower. It will reign for a short time, and it will not be friendly to the United States, England or France. A coming “world political authority”? TW News & Prophecy, November 3, 2011)

LCG‘s view of France in prophecy was one of many issues that Dibar Apartian had with that group (for more details, see Dibar Apartian, me, and LCG).

Those who doubt that France will support the Beast for a time should consider that history shows us that France was part of the old Roman Empire and parts of it were part of the so-called ‘Holy Roman Empire.’ The fact that at least part of France was part of the beasts in Daniel 2:40-43 and 7:2-8, should show all that it, for a time, can be part of the final Beast power. But they will ultimately be hurt by it.

The Bible, in the Book of Daniel, tells of a military power called the King of the North (Daniel 11:21-44) to come from Europe (not Russia). In Revelation, he is called the Beast of the Sea:

1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Revelation 13:1-10).

This leader is described as a warring man who essentially changes religion and gets people to ultimately worship him. France will initially support this Beast power. But at least some of Reuben will resist (see Revelation 7:1-5). France itself, will end up with problems from the European King of the North Beast power, after a time.

Ezekiel 5 shows that after the USA and probably its Anglo-Saxon descended allies are eliminated, problems will spread to “all the house of Israel”:

1 “And you, son of man, take a sharp sword, take it as a barber’s razor, and pass it over your head and your beard; then take scales to weigh and divide the hair. 2 You shall burn with fire one-third in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are finished; then you shall take one-third and strike around it with the sword, and one-third you shall scatter in the wind: I will draw out a sword after them. 3 You shall also take a small number of them and bind them in the edge of your garment. 4 Then take some of them again and throw them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire. From there a fire will go out into all the house of Israel. (Ezekiel 5:1-4)

Notice that after 1/3 is destroyed by fire (perhaps a reference to nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction), a third struck by other weapons, and one-third will be scattered, then there is another fire and after all of that, “fire will go out into all the house of Israel.” This will affect France.

France will support the rise of the European Beast power, though ultimately that will hurt it.

Its new military paper is consistent with that view.

European and world events are moving in the direction of the prophesied rise of the European Beast power.

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