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French Army - Order of Battle

At the head of the land forces is the Chief of staff of the Army (chef d ' état major de l ' armée de Terre). The armed forces staff in Paris, the command of the land forces (commandement de la Force d ' action Terrestre - CFAT) in Lille and the logistics command (commandement de la force Logistique Terrestre - CFLT) in Monthléry are subject to him.

The CFAT is responsible for the operational readiness of the troops and may surgically leading command for multinational operations or NATO-Korpskommando are used for. Four deployable Division commands (étas-major de forces - EMF) the CFAT are subordinate, that do not have forces in peacetime; they can be used as a national headquarters or as a NATO Division commands. The forces are subordinated in the application tailored for the job. One of these commands is assigned to Eurocorps for two years each as a Division command. A total of 9 Combat brigades as well as 7 specialized brigades and a brigade of special operations forces are subordinated to the EMF.

Under the leadership of the land forces, France is divided into five military regions (Régions Terre) to carry out administrative tasks: Paris, Rennes (Northwest), Metz (northeast), Bordeaux (southwest) and Lyon (Southeast). The forces overseas will be guided through local headquarters: Dakar, Djibouti, Libreville (Gabon) and Reunion (Indian Ocean).

Etat-major de force (EMF)

To meet the need for the ability to command the division level, the Army has created three staffs of force (EMF) in 1999 (EMF1 in Besançon, Nantes 2 and 3 in Marseille), and 2000 (EMF Limoges 4)

  • Etat-major de force n°1 Staff Force # 1 , located in the district Ruty in the heart of the historic city of Besancon, the State Major Force No. 1 was established on 1 July 1999.
  • L'état-major de force n°2 (EMF2) staff strength of No. 2 (EMF2) was established on 1 July 1999 the District Richemont, in Nantes.
  • L'état-major de force n°3 (EMF3) staff strength of No. 3 (EMF3) was established on 1 July 1999 the District Audéoud, Marseilles
  • Etat-major de force n°4 Staff Force # 4, created on 1 July 2000, the staff strength of 4 meets the new requirements of the Army for operational command capacity.


Rapidly deployable forces of the army are organized on the national territory in 3 levels. The third level is formed by the brigades, whose function is to coordinate the actions means provided by the regiments.

2nd armored brigade2e brigade blindée2nd BB Illkirch
7th armored brigade7e brigade blindée7th BBBesançon
1st mechanized brigade1re brigade mécanisée1st BMChâlons-en-Champagne
3rd mechanised brigade3e brigade mécanisée3rd BMLimoges
6th light armored brigade6e brigade légère blindée6th BLBNîmes
9th light armored marine brigade9e brigade légère blindée de marine9e BLBMaPoitiers
11th parachutist brigade11e brigade parachutiste 11e BPToulouse
27th infantry brigade of mountain27e brigade d'infanterie de montagne 27th BIMPaul
1St logistics brigade1re brigade logistique 1st BLMontlhéry
Land special forces brigade brigade des forces spéciales Terre BFSTPau
brigade of transmissions and command supportbrigade de transmissions et d'appui au commandementBTAC Douai
intelligence brigadebrigade de renseignementBrensHaguenau
Franco-German brigadebrigade franco-allemande BFAMüllheim

Overseas Deployment [2007]

Navy Infantry RegimentRIMaP-NCNew Caledonia
Navy Infantry RegimentRIMaP-P Polynesia
2nd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment RPIMa Réunion
Department of Foreign Legion DLEMMayotte
23 Navy Infantry Battalion BIMa Senegal
33rd Navy Infantry Regiment RIMa Martinique
41 Navy Infantry Battalion BIMa Guadeloupe
3rd Infantry Regiment French Foreign Legion REI French Guiana
9th Navy Infantry Regiment RIMa French Guiana
43 Navy Infantry Battalion BIMa Ivory Coast "OPERATION LICORNE"
6th Light Armored Brigade BLB Ivory Coast "OPERATION LICORNE"
5 Regiment inter armes d ´ d'Outre-mer RIAOM Djibouti
13 French Foreign Legion Regiment DBLE Djibouti
6th Navy Infantry Battalion BIMa Gabon

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