France

Nuclear-armed state

290 nuclear weapons

210 nuclear tests

Has not yet joined TPNW

France’s nuclear weapons can be launched from submarines or from missiles dropped from airplanes. France’s submarines that can launch nuclear weapons are based at the Île Longue peninsula, south of Brest in the Brittany region of France. France conducted a total of 210 nuclear tests in Algeria and French Polynesia from 1960-1996.

In 2019, France spent an estimated $4.8 billion to build and maintain its nuclear weapons.

France did not participate in the negotiations of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and has not yet signed or ratified it.

A public opinion poll conducted by IFOP in June 2018 found that 67 per cent of French people believe that their government should sign the treaty, with 33 per cent opposed to signing. 

The French Military Planning Law for 2019-2025 allocated €37 billion to upgrade French nuclear forces and allocated €23.3 billion for this purpose from 2014-2019.

In July 2018, the foreign affairs committee of the French national assembly recommended that the government “mitigate its criticism” of the treaty “to show that we understand and take into account the concerns of states and their desire for more balanced global governance”.

France voted against a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that welcomed the adoption of the treaty and called upon “all states that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve, or accede to the treaty at the earliest possible date”.

On the opening day of the TPNW negotiating conference in 2017, it joined the United States and several other states in protesting the treaty-making process.

In 2016, France voted against the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence the negotiations in 2017 on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

France actively discouraged other states, in particular its former colonies, from supporting the resolution.

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Support for TPNW in France Get involved with ICAN in France ›

ICAN Cities Appeal:

These cities, towns and provinces support the TPNW

→ Allones

→ Bagneux

→ Bezons

→ Carmaux

→ Carnoules

→ Champigny-sur-Marne

→ Cordes-sur-ciel

→ Genevillier

→ Gonfreville l'Orcher

→ Grenoble

→ Grigny

→ La Courneuve

→ Lasseran

→ Malakoff

→ Montigny-les-Cormeilles

→ Paris

→ Rove

→ Salaises sur Senne

→ St Pierre des corps

Parliamentary Pledge

These are the elected officials that have taken the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge to support and promote the TPNW:

France National Assembly

→ Sabine Rubin MP

→ Maina Sage MP

→ Sébastien Nadot MP

→ Jean-paul Lecoq MP

→ Moetai Brotherson MP

→ Fabien Roussel MP

→ Alain Bruneel MP

→ Pierre Dharréville MP

France Senate

→ Pierre Laurent Senator

France European Parliament

→ José Bové MEP*

→ Yannick Jadot MEP

→ Eva Joly MEP*

→ Michel Rivasi MEP

→ François Alfonsi MEP

→ Damien Carême MEP

→ David Cormand MEP

→ Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield MEP

→ Caroline Roose MEP

→ Mounir Satouri MEP

→ Marie Toussaint MEP

→ Salima Yenbou MEP

→ Biteau Benoit MEP

→ Karima Delli MEP