French Action on Nuclear Disarmament - Key Figures

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300 nuclear warheads

It is the total ceiling of nuclear weapons announced in 2008 by France and reaffirmed later on. France was the first nuclear-weapon State to publicize its entire nuclear arsenal.


The year France stopped plutonium production for nuclear weapons ; similar measure in 1996 for highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons.


The year France, with the United Kingdom, ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. To date, France, the United Kingdom and Russia are the only nuclear powers to have ratified the CTBT.

- 33%

In 2008, France announced the reduction by a third of the airborne component of its nuclear deterrence force.


France no longer has nuclear testing facilities or facilities producing fissile material for nuclear weapons.

3 billion euros

is the amount France has already spent in dismantling its former facilities producing fissile material for nuclear weapons. The total cost of dismantlement is estimated to be €8 billion. This effort of dismantlement has already reached an irreversible stage.


is the percentage of France’s GDP in budgetary efforts allocated to nuclear deterrence (it was 0.48% on average for the period 1960-200, reaching a maximum of 1.06% in 1967).

- 50%

The nuclear deterrence budget has been halved over the past 20 years.

- 50%

The nuclear deterrence budget has been halved over the past 20 years.

- 50%

France has halved its nuclear arsenal in ten years.

75 million euros

is the total cost of the denuclearization of the Albion plateau completed on 25 February 1998.

16 CTBT monitoring stations

are set up by the French Atomic Energy Commission on national territory, as well as a radionucleide laboratory. France is one of the most important technicla contributor, after the United Sttaes and Russia.These stations over all technologies under the Treaty.

6 million euros

is France’s annual contribution to the budget of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) or nearly 6% of the Organization’s overall budget. France is its 4th largest contributor.