Interviews

Five defence questions to Emmanuel Macron


Emmanuel Macron has sent us his answers to the five questions we posed to all 11 candidates in the French presidential election concerning their position with regards to the army and the weapons industry. His remarks have been slightly shortened so that they fit the format we attributed to all the candidates.   1) In […]

Five defence questions to Benoît Hamon


Benoît Hamon sent us his answers to the five questions concerning their position with regard to the army and the weapons industry that we posed to the 11 candidates in the presidential election.   1) In a difficult budgetary context, how much effort should be put into the defence budget? Given the degraded strategic environment […]

Five defence questions to Marine Le Pen


Marine Le Pen has sent us her answers to the five questions we posed to all 11 candidates in the French presidential election concerning their position with regards to the army and the weapons industry. Her remarks have been slightly shortened so that they fit the format we attributed to all the candidates.   1) […]

Portrait: Brigadier Christine Chaulieu


Christine Chaulieu was nominated to the rank of Brigadier, almost on the sly, by the Army on July 19 last year, the first active female soldier in the Army to be appointed to this rank for 26 years and only the fourth1 in the history of the French Army. Yesterday FOB was able to meet […]

The Brexit effect on the defence sector


It was sheer coincidence that I interviewed Olivier Martin, Corporate Secretary of MBDA, about the potential problems created by Brexit for a pan-European group like his, on the very day when Britain notified the European Commission of its decision to leave the European Community (EC), the fateful 29 March 2017. The Commission has since indicated that […]

Five defence questions to Nicolas Dupont-Aignan


Once the list of candidates for the presidential election set, we sent five questions about their ideas concerning the Army and the land armament industry to 10 of the 11 candidates (François Fillon having already replied on 16 November 2016 we did not send the questionnaire to him). The first one to answer is Nicolas […]

Exclusive interview with François Fillon


Continuing our series of interviews about the positioning of French political representatives relative to the Army and the defence industry in the run up to the French Presidential elections in 2017, today it is the turn of François Fillon, Republican candidate for the right and centre primary and currently member of parliament for the 2nd district of Paris to […]

Exclusive interview with Bruno Le Maire


  As the campaign for the 2017 French presidential election picks up speed with the first televised debates, here is the continuation of our series of interviews with primary hopefuls to try and establish where they stand in regards to the Army and the land armaments’ industry. Today we turn to Bruno Le Maire, candidate […]

Exclusive interview of Alain Juppé on land defence


Continuing our new series of interviews about the positioning of French political representatives relative to the Army and the defence industry in the run up to the French Presidential elections in 2017, today it is the turn of Alain Juppé, candidate in the Republican primaries and currently Mayor of Bordeaux, to set out his programme. […]

Portrait of a Belgian battalion: part 2


Yesterday we published the first part of an interview with Lt Colonel Manuel Monin, commander of the Belgian Army’s 12/13 Line Battalion. Below is the second and last part, centred on the role played by this unit in the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM).   Why is the 12/13 deployed in Mali rather […]