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233e session in Brittany: in Brest, nuclear deterrence and site visits

The 2e 233 weeke session in the Brittany region took place in the capital of Finistère from 26 to 29 September, with several conferences on France in the geostrategic context and visits to bases, ships and industrial sites.
Groupe de la 233ème session en région Bretagne à Brest

In particular, the auditors learned about the challenges of France's nuclear deterrent and the adaptation of its armed forces to the changing conflict environment. Vice-Admiral Jean-François Quérat, Maritime Prefect for the Atlantic, honoured the auditors with a presentation on his missions and the State's action at sea.

The programme of talks includes: France's nuclear deterrence policy, by Vice-Admiral Jean-Louis Lozier; the evolution of the armed forces in the face of growing conflict in international relations, by Major General Vincent Breton; the defence budget, by Senator Philippe Paul of Finistère, Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces Committee; and an introduction to economic intelligence and the challenges of economic and digital sovereignty, by consultant Jérôme Bondu.

The content of these conferences was supported by visits that were all highlights:

  • the facilities at Ile Longue, home to the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines of the Strategic Oceanic Force (FOST), and a guided tour of an SNLE ;
  • the Le Monge test and measurement ship, specialising in trajectography. In particular, it is used to check the conformity of ballistic missile trajectories during tests, and also contributes to space surveillance by tracking space debris or during certain Ariane rocket launches;
  • the Landivisiau naval air station, which ensures that the Charles de Gaule aircraft carrier always has an operational air fleet;
  • the Thalès site, where listeners learned about the challenges of electronic and acoustic competition.

Listeners will be able to tune in from 10 to 13 October in Saint-Brieuc, for the 3rd week of this 233rd regional session" and not from 10 to 16.