Budget: $62.3 billion
Active frontline personnel: 202,761
Total aircraft: 1,264
The French military is relatively small, but highly trained, professional, and capable of force projection.
The country has the nearly new aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, and France routinely engages in military deployments throughout Africa to help stabilize governments and fight against extremism.
French soldiers patrol in the Terz valley, about 37 miles south of the town of Tessalit in northern Mali on March 20, 2013.