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    I read on Wikipedia that the French FTI "intermediate frigate" program is for five units, replacing the La Fayette-class ships.

    But the Floreal-class "light surveillance frigates" (five units commissioned 1992-1994) are older than the La Fayettes (commissioned 1996-2001).

    So will more FTIs be built to replace both the Floreals and La Fayettes, or will the La Fayettes be maintained and replace the Floreals in their roles? Or is there another path?
     
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    To this day, there are no concrete plans to replace the Floreal class. This perspective will be taken in consideration in the LPM-Loi de Programmation Militaire 2020-2025. In fact, neither the FDI program (since January it isn't anymore "Frégates de Taille Intermédiaire" but "Frégates de Défense et d’Intervention") nor the BATSIMAR program consider replacing this fleet of surveillance frigates.
     
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    Once their current carrier reaches the end of its life around 2030 even with another upgrade what is next for France?

    A replacement Carrier programme has to come up soon if they want one in 2030

    Those mistral class 3 of them also will not last too far into the next decade
     
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    Remains to be seen what will happen with the incompetent Macron serving as President.
    But the French do have the carrier design which was used as a basis for the QE-class.
    So it would be rather trivial, I guess, to build a conventionally powered catapult carrier similar to that.

    Problem is the French parliament has indicated they want a nuclear powered carrier so that design can't be used as is.
     
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    France promises a presence in the Pacific amid an anticipated ‘global confrontation’ https://www.defensenews.com/global/...fic-amid-an-anticipated-global-confrontation/
     
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    President Emmanuel Macron will unveil on Friday France’s latest nuclear-powered ‘Barracuda’ class submarine

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    President Emmanuel Macron will unveil on Friday France’s latest nuclear-powered ‘Barracuda’ class submarine, a 9 billion euro ($10.13 billion) stealth vessel programme Paris says is key to maintaining its naval presence for decades to come.

    The French government has placed an order for six of the 5,000-tonne submarines made by Naval Group, in which defence company Thales (TCFP.PA) has a 35 percent stake.

    The French navy expects to take delivery of the first, named “Suffren”, for sea trials in 2020 and the remainder will enter service over the following decade, replacing France’s ageing ‘Ruby’ class submarines.<<

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-n...F06s4MaVXqw3oRfGRt2sZQi2EkiUL1ISbkQDPdZZ_hiEI
     
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    No thanks to Macron since the project did not start on his watch. This can be thanked to a string of French Presidents. From Charles de Gaulle for funding the nuclear deterrent on their own and not settling with playing a bit role to the US. The "other" rocket program with their own Germans. While the US had the chief designers of the A-4/V-2 (von Braun), the Soviets other designers of the V-2 (Groettrup), and the French had the designers of the Silbervogel (Sanger). They went through a decades long painstaking process which resulted on the "precious stones" program which led to the Diamant rocket. Then later they developed solids. This was a continuous effort, but I would like to note a couple milestones, like Chirac's testing of the new nuclear warhead design even against international pressure. That is why France has a nuclear deterrent today.
    While this is an attack submarine, the nuclear program all start way back then, including the civilian nuclear reactor program.

    If anything Macron can only be thanked for not cancelling the existing, highly successful, program.
     
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    France launches first Barracuda-class nuclear attack sub https://www.defensenews.com/global/...hes-first-barracuda-class-nuclear-attack-sub/
     
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    Today at 8:40 AM
    while her steel cutting circus apparently took place dozen years ago:
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    (http://lefauteuildecolbert.blogspot.com/2019/07/sna-ng-marges-devolutions.html)
     
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