Headed by the President of the Republic, the French Armed Forces include the French Army, the French Navy, the French Air Force and the National Gendarmerie. The President has the supreme authority for military matters and decisions. It has the largest army size in the European Union. The number of active personnel in the French Armed forces is about 209,000 along with about 100,000 gendarmeries. The country’s annual budget for defence amounts to about $ 51 billion that amounts to about 1.8% of total GDP. The country maintains the third largest nuclear deterrent in the world.