France's Nuclear Arsenal: What Sort of Renewal? Politique étrangère, Vol. 82, No. 3, Autumn 2017
Over the course of the next few years, France will have to renew its nuclear arsenal to ensure that it remains a credible dissuasion in the eyes of its potential enemies.
This update must occur within an unfavourable context: The strategic environment, marked by the multiplication of Jihadi fronts, has deteriorated, and budgetary discipline is the need of the day. Sacrificing nuclear dissuasion at the altar of the fight against terrorism would, however, be a fatal error.
Corentin Brustlein is Research fellow, coordinator of the Security Studies Center and head of the Deterrence and Proliferation program.