“If the French soldier is considered one of the best in the world, this is certainly not due to chance! This comes from the military singularity. It is this sacred bond that exists between our armies and the Nation. It is this unique contract that governs the exercise of the French soldier, whose commitment sometimes requires, within the legitimate framework of the mission, to take the life of another or, in the performance of duty, to consent to the supreme sacrifice.
Yesterday again, the French men and women celebrated their brave soldiers currently engaged on all fronts and who are fighting to defend the homeland, like their elders. The Nation measures the dedication of these women and men who work, at all times and in all places, in the service of its defense. This is why it recognizes them a full status: the general status of the military. A single commitment implies a specific legal framework: it is not trivial if the status of the military does not fall under the Labor Code but rather under the Defense Code! The French soldier is not a “worker” like the others. His body and soul commitment to our country imposes discipline, a duty of neutrality, loyalty and availability. This is why the grateful Nation gives it specific rights and status.
In addition, in these troubled times, let us not forget that our armed forces remain the ultimate bulwark of our country in the face of the many threats likely to strike it. As such, their operation must not be governed by any framework other than that chosen by France and must not derogate from the principle sealed in our Constitution, namely the principle of free disposal of the armed forces.
By believing that all the armed forces of the continent must apply the European directive on working time, the Court of Justice of the European Union touches on something that goes beyond it: the sovereignty of France and the singularity of the French military. .
By believing that all the armed forces of the continent must apply the European directive on working time, the Court of Justice of the European Union touches on something that goes beyond it: the sovereignty of France and the singularity of the French military. . The ins and outs of this directive must therefore call on us to be extremely vigilant because the risks it poses to the state of mind of our armed forces are numerous, among others:
– creation of a “two-speed army” due to a different working time regime for soldiers providing “specific activities” and those providing “current services”;
– questioning of the leader’s leadership and benevolence towards his men;
– loss of efficiency in the organization of the armed forces even though their capacity for action and their resilience are no longer to be proven, including in a major crisis.
That certain European technocrats ignore the reality of military engagement is one thing, that they make weigh a sword of Damocles on the singularity of the French soldier and more generally on our capacity of defense is another. In any case, it is our duty, we French, to defend in turn those who protect us, sometimes at the risk of their own lives. It is our duty to preserve what makes the strength of the French army: the state of mind of the warrior who agrees to live an exceptional commitment recognized by the Nation and who, even in storms, goes to the end of his mission.
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