Estonia - French deployment in the context of the enhanced forward presence (eFP) [fr]
Since April 2017, France deploys 300 soldiers in Estonia as part of NATO’s enhanced forward presence (eFP).
With the other Allies present, France contributes to the security of the eastern flank of the Alliance.
This presence is defensive and proportionate, and aims to reduce risks and contribute to collective security.
At the Warsaw Summit in July 2016, the Allies decided to establish an "enhanced forward presence" in the Baltic countries and Poland in order to demonstrate "the solidarity of the Alliance countries, as well as their determination and their ability to react by triggering an immediate allied response to any aggression." This defensive and proportionate presence contributes to strengthening the defense and deterrence posture of the Alliance and to reinforce its collective security.
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland will thus host NATO multinational battalions in 2017.
Since April 2017 France, together with the United Kingdom which acts as “framework nation”, deploys in the Estonian military base of Tapa a joint tactical sub-battalion – 300 men – commanded by Colonel de Mesmay.
While waiting for the Danish relay planned for 2018, the French soldiers along with their British and Estonian counterparts will carry out training activities in order to improve interoperability between Allies. France will also deploy robust and modern equipment including 4 Leclerc tanks, 13 armoured infantry fighting vehicles as well as VAB armoured vehicles, thus contributing to the security of Estonia.
This deployment adds up to the reinsurance measures to which France contributes, and demonstrates the solidarity and reliability of our country in a context of high level operational commitment.