French soldiers patrol on a road in the Central African Republic. (Agence France-Presse)
PARIS — France’s lower house National Assembly adopted Dec. 13 a last minute amendment to trim €66.4 million (US $91.4 million) from the 2014 defense budget, member of parliament François Cornut-Gentille said.
Under the measure, equipment spending falls €11.5 million and €36.8 million from maintenance and support of equipment and property.
The amendment was tabled Friday morning for a debate and vote in the afternoon, a time when most parliamentarians are in home constituencies and there is little chance of debate, he said in a statement. The measure was adopted without debate.
Other ministries’ spending have also been cut as the government seeks to trim the national deficit.
The planned annual defense budget under the 2014-19 military budget law is €31.4 billion out to 2016.