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NATO ? Communiqu? issued by the Presidency of the French Republic

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: 12 June, 2009  (Company News)
Following France’s decision to participate fully in NATO, from this summer French general officers will be entrusted with positions of responsibility in NATO’s military command structure, in line with our contribution to the Alliance.
More specifically, French generals will head Supreme Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk (United States), responsible for the transformation of Allied military capabilities, especially European ones, and Allied Joint Command Lisbon, responsible inter alia for NATO’s Rapid Response Force. They will take over from two American officers.

President Sarkozy thanked the United States President at their meeting in Caen.

By transferring these two very important posts, the United States has made possible a new balance of responsibilities between Americans and Europeans within the military structure: now one out of two strategic commands, and two out of three operational commands will be allocated to Europeans. This is a concrete demonstration of the strengthening of Europe’s role within the Alliance, which is at the heart of our initiative.

On 3 June, the Council of Ministers approved the candidatures of General Stéphane Abrial, current Air Force Chief of Staff, for the post of Commander Transformation and that of Major-General Philippe Stoltz in Lisbon. Their names will be proposed to the Allies under NATO procedures.

Both these very experienced officers have already served in NATO, in the military structure (Military Staff in Brussels) and in operations (Kosovo)

All in all, France has been allocated 17 general officer posts in the military structure, some of which are in rotation with another nation. French general officers will, inter alia, occupy the posts responsible for planning operations, operational preparation, representing SACEUR in the Military Committee and that of second in command of the Joint Force Headquarters Brunssum (Netherlands), more specifically responsible for operations in Afghanistan./.
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