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France

France’s nuclear arsenal consists of approximately 300 warheads for delivery by submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and air-launched cruise missile. President François Hollande stated in February 2015 that the stockpile included 300 warheads for 48 SLBMs and 54 cruise missiles.

Four Triomphant class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) form the backbone of France’s nuclear deterrent, complemented by nuclear-capable land- and sea-based combat aircraft.