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The French Army (French: Armée de terre{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} [aʀme də tɛʀ], "land army") is the land-based and largest component of the French Armed Forces. Along with the French Air Force, the French Navy and the National Gendarmerie, it is placed under the responsibility of the French government. The current Chief of Staff of the French Army (CEMAT) is general Jean-Pierre Bosser. All soldiers are considered professionals following the suspension of conscription, voted in parliament in 1997 and made effective in 2001.

As of early 2014, the French Army employed 115,004 personnel (including the French Foreign Legion and the Paris Fire Brigade). In addition, the reserve element of the French Army consisted of 15,425 personnel of the Operational Reserve.<ref name="Key figures in 2014">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} (HTML Version)</ref>

In 1999 the Army issued the Code of the French Soldier, which includes the injunctions:

French Army sections
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