A général d'armée (army general) is the highest active military
rank of the French Army.
Officially, général d'armée is not a rank (grade in French), but a
position and style (rang et appellation) bestowed on some généraux
de division (divisional general, which is the highest substantive
rank) in charge of important commands, such as chief of staff of the
army (chef d'état-major de l'armée de terre) or chiefs of general
staff (chef d'état-major des armées).
A général d'armée displays five stars on a shoulder board. The
mention of the current usage of "a sixth star authorized for the army
general in command of the
Generalissimo Général General officer Ranks and insignia of NATO armies officers
^ These numbers of stars should not be compared with the ranks of generals of other NATO countries; the général d'armée is a NATO "OF-9" rank, denoted in other NATO armies by 4 stars - see army general. ^ French MOD "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-04-26. »
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