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The Summer Defence Conference is organised with the participation of the Chairmen of the Defence Committees of the French National Assembly and Senate and in the presence of the French Minister of Defence. Each year, it brings together more than 400 senior national and international political leaders as well as key players in administration and industry. It offers a unique, elite setting for reflection and dialogue to players who ae contributing to building a sustainable international defence community.

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  • More than 400 very high-profile participants : French and foreign parliamentarians, ministers, European Union and NATO representatives, chief of staff, the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), representatives of three armed forces manufacturers, journalists, etc
  • More than 20 countries represented
  • 30 partner companies in 2016
  • 1/2 day of immersion in the armed forces
  • 10 workshops and 2 plenary sessions
  • 2 networking lunches
  • 1 gala evening
  • 1 after-work networking opportunity
  • 1 breakfast debate

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  • Françoise Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces
  • Jean-Jacques Bridey, Chairman of the French Parliament’s Commission on National Defence and the Armed Forces
  • Christian Cambon
  • Hubert Falco, Senator & Mayor of Toulon, President of the Toulon Provence Méditerranée Metropolitan Region
  • Hervé Guillou, Naval Group CEO & President of the CIDEF


  • To contribute to structuring a "defence community" bringing together all categories of players
  • To exchange opinions, offer solutions and engender new opportunities for cooperatin aire naître de nouvelles opportunités de coopération in the field of defence within the framework of restricted workshops centred around debate
  • To compare reflections to the reality on the ground via immersion in the armed forces réflexions à la réal
  • To bring together  all defence players in an elite setting dedicated to networking opportunities and business meetings