History UsefulNotes / GaulsWithGrenades

28th Jul '17 3:16:44 AM LordKaarvani
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More recent versions lessened some of its problems, but as it is now definitely showing its age (and due to budget cuts the most improved version only drew a small order from the French Navy), the French Army is actively searching for a replacement.

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More recent versions lessened some of its problems, but as it is now definitely showing its age (and due to budget cuts the most improved version only drew a small order from the French Navy), the French Army is actively searching officialy switched to the German [=HK416=] in 2017, with a complete replacement of the FAMAS planned for a replacement.
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15th Feb '17 4:21:13 AM Alceister
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Its early bullpup design gave it a compact design, making it handier in close-quarter combat, while retaining great precision at longer range, at the price of a time of adaptation for those not accustomed to bullpup rifles. It is also one of the first assault rifles with both right-handed and left-handed settings for case ejection, though one needs to disassemble it to change it. However, despite clever design and great performances during tests for its time, it is also a maintenance hog, and is prone to jam on the field - partially due to some highly constraining norms some ObstructiveBureaucrat imposed on its slack (such as optimizing it for a different type of 5.56x45mm ammunition than ''either'' the original American M193 or the current NATO standard SS109, and adopting a disposable magazine not intended for reuse...but then reusing them anyway to save money).

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Its early bullpup design gave it a compact design, making it handier in close-quarter combat, while retaining great precision at longer range, at the price of a time of adaptation for those not accustomed to bullpup rifles. It is also one of the first assault rifles with both right-handed and left-handed settings for case ejection, though one needs to disassemble it to change it. However, despite clever design and great performances during tests for its time, it is also a maintenance hog, and is prone to jam on the field - partially due to some highly constraining norms some ObstructiveBureaucrat imposed on its slack (such as optimizing it for a different type of 5.56x45mm ammunition than ''either'' the original American M193 or the current NATO standard SS109, [=SS109=], and adopting a disposable magazine not intended for reuse...but then reusing them anyway to save money).
18th Oct '16 12:25:31 AM JohnRamos88
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The French Armed Forces.

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The French Armed Forces.
Forces, one of the world's oldest and finest.



Its early bullpup design gave it a compact design, making it handier in close-quarter combat, while retaining great precision at longer range, at the price of a time of adaptation for those not accustomed to bullpup rifles. It is also one of the first assault rifles with both right-handed and left-handed settings for case ejection, though one needs to disassemble it to change it.
However, despite clever design and great performances during tests for its time, it is also a maintenance hog, and is prone to jam on the field - partially due to some highly constraining norms some ObstructiveBureaucrat imposed on its slack (such as optimizing it for a different type of 5.56x45mm ammunition than ''either'' the original American M193 or the current NATO standard SS109, and adopting a disposable magazine not intended for reuse...but then reusing them anyway to save money).

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Its early bullpup design gave it a compact design, making it handier in close-quarter combat, while retaining great precision at longer range, at the price of a time of adaptation for those not accustomed to bullpup rifles. It is also one of the first assault rifles with both right-handed and left-handed settings for case ejection, though one needs to disassemble it to change it.
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The Armed Forces, since the French terror attacks of 2014 and 2015, have also been active fighting the forces of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, as well as in Afghanistan and other terror hotspots while helping to defend the whole of France and its overseas territories. To help achieve these responsbilities in a changing world the National Guard was officially reestablished in the fall of 2016 - 145 years since its disbandment - this time as an independent branch of the armed forces.

!! Service Branches
The Armed Forces are the direct responsility of the President of France, who serves as commander-in-chief, through the offices of the Minister of Defence with operational responsibility under the Chief of the Defence Staff, divided into 5 service brances plus the service support commands under the direct responsibility of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence.
1st Oct '16 1:46:57 AM Chocapute
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However, France tend to use light armor like the wheeled AMX-10 RC when they don't expect to meet anything heavier than a T-62, as those [[FragileSpeedster are faster, better on rough or mountainous terrain]], and [[BoringButPractical way cheaper]].

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However, France tend to use light armor like the wheeled AMX-10 RC VBCI when they don't expect to meet anything heavier than a T-62, as those [[FragileSpeedster are faster, better on rough or mountainous terrain]], and [[BoringButPractical way cheaper]].
29th Aug '16 11:08:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* French tank units are involved in the fighting against the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]], in Creator/JohnRingo's ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata Gust Front]]'', along with [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US]] and [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht German]] tank units, [[HoldTheLine holding the line]] until the [[PoweredArmor ACS]] under "Mighty Mite" can break out and mangle the Posties. The French leadership in general tends to get looked down upon by Ringo in general, but he doesn't carry that over to their armed forces.

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* French tank units are involved in the fighting against the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]], in Creator/JohnRingo's ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata Gust Front]]'', along with [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US]] and [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht [[UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht German]] tank units, [[HoldTheLine holding the line]] until the [[PoweredArmor ACS]] under "Mighty Mite" can break out and mangle the Posties. The French leadership in general tends to get looked down upon by Ringo in general, but he doesn't carry that over to their armed forces.
21st Aug '16 4:06:42 AM Morgenthaler
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Its latest product is the [[CoolPlane Rafale]], which is ultimately going to [[JackOfAllStats replace seven current aircraft]] types in French service. The most expensive variant of the Rafale comes with a 90 million Euro price tag, which is still cheaper than the cost of an American F-22 Raptor while also being multi-use as an "omnirole" fighter with both air force and naval versions, able to take nearly any role including [[TheUltimateResistance nuclear strikes]]. On the other hand, its approach to stealth is different from the F-22 : instead of aiming for [[InvisibilityCloak Very Low Observable]], it is Low Observable but with a few tricks, such as SPECTRA, an ECM system to hide from long-range radars and distant enemy planes by spoofing their signals to "pretend" it's not there. It is of particular note for the speed of its development on an industrial level, starting behind its greatest rival (The Eurofighter Typhoon) and yet got into service first without compromising its ability in the haste.

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Its latest product is the [[CoolPlane Rafale]], which is ultimately going to [[JackOfAllStats replace seven current aircraft]] types in French service. The most expensive variant of the Rafale comes with a 90 million Euro price tag, which is still cheaper than the cost of an American F-22 Raptor while also being multi-use as an "omnirole" fighter with both air force and naval versions, able to take nearly any role including [[TheUltimateResistance [[UsefulNotes/TheUltimateResistance nuclear strikes]]. On the other hand, its approach to stealth is different from the F-22 : instead of aiming for [[InvisibilityCloak Very Low Observable]], it is Low Observable but with a few tricks, such as SPECTRA, an ECM system to hide from long-range radars and distant enemy planes by spoofing their signals to "pretend" it's not there. It is of particular note for the speed of its development on an industrial level, starting behind its greatest rival (The Eurofighter Typhoon) and yet got into service first without compromising its ability in the haste.
21st Aug '16 4:05:57 AM Morgenthaler
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France is a [[TheUltimateResistance nuclear weapons state]]. Most of its missiles are now carried by submarines, but it has some air-launched missiles and formerly had land-launched ones too.

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France is a [[TheUltimateResistance [[UsefulNotes/TheUltimateResistance nuclear weapons state]]. Most of its missiles are now carried by submarines, but it has some air-launched missiles and formerly had land-launched ones too.
1st Jul '16 6:49:54 PM Doug86
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Historically, the Legion's promise of a new identity attracted many criminals and other shady elements (including, in the aftermath of WorldWarII, some ''[[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany captured Waffen-SS soldiers]]'' who were given the option to enlist to avoid execution). Today the Legion is considered a highly prestigious elite combat unit, and so there are rigorous background checks, so this isn't necessarily true anymore. While they offer a new identity, you can still be pursued for [[SerialKiller blood]] or [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil "mores"]] crimes.

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Historically, the Legion's promise of a new identity attracted many criminals and other shady elements (including, in the aftermath of WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, some ''[[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany captured Waffen-SS soldiers]]'' who were given the option to enlist to avoid execution). Today the Legion is considered a highly prestigious elite combat unit, and so there are rigorous background checks, so this isn't necessarily true anymore. While they offer a new identity, you can still be pursued for [[SerialKiller blood]] or [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil "mores"]] crimes.
16th Mar '16 11:24:36 PM StevieC
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One of the Foreign Legion's more high-profile missions today is as security-detail at the European Space Agency's Kourou Launch Complex in French Guiana, launch-site of the Ariane rockets.
21st Nov '15 12:03:12 AM h27kim
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* This is because the mon signifies monsieur (mister) rather than the possessive mon (my). It is an honorific. Napoleon, however, had little respect for the French navy, mostly because of Trafalgar defeat, and denied them that honor.

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* This is because the mon signifies monsieur (mister) ("mister," or, more literally, "my lord") rather than the possessive mon (my). It is an honorific. Napoleon, however, had little respect for the French navy, mostly because of Trafalgar defeat, and denied them that honor.
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