In case of cyber attack in operation, France will reply (Florence Parly)

(B2) One of the key points of Florence Parly’s speech at the Defence Summer School is the ability to cyber-attack in operation

Florence Parly at the Defence Summer School on the Avord airbase (© NGV / B2)

A weapon in its own right

« We are now ready to use the cyber weapon in external operations for offensive purposes » said the French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly at Avord airbase (near Bourges) Friday (September 13).

« We now see the cyber weapon as a full-fledged operational weapon that we will use in isolation or in support of our conventional means to leverage the effects. »

A riposte at a chosen moment

The minister detailed the points of the French doctrine on cyber offensive.

  1. It will be a response to an attack;
  2. This response will not be systematic;
  3. It will take place at the chosen time, so not only on the spot, but with a latency period
  4. The means of the riposte will also be calibrated;
  5. The neutralisation of ‘enemy’ means as well as the ‘effects’ of these means will be part of the arsenal.

« In the event of a cyber attack against our forces, we reserve the right to respond, in accordance with the law, by the means and at the time of our choice. We also reserve, regardless of the assailant, the right to neutralise the effects and the digital means used. »

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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Nicolas Gros-Verheyde

Rédacteur en chef du site B2. Diplômé en droit européen de l'université Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne et auditeur 65e session IHEDN (Institut des hautes études de la défense nationale. Journaliste depuis 1989, fonde B2 - Bruxelles2 en 2008. Correspondant UE/OTAN à Bruxelles pour Sud-Ouest (auparavant Ouest-France et France-Soir).