France

First Take

Why Does France Want to Ban Burqas?

Author: Isobel Coleman

The passage of a burqa ban by the French National Assembly is a response to France's "idea of women's dignity," voter support, and a desire to blunt "the rise of fundamentalism," says CFR's Isobel Coleman.

See more in Religion; France

Interview

Why Franco-American Ties Matter

Charles A. Kupchan interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

President Hollande's state visit was an attempted boost for the United States' lead EU security partner and a sign of a more activist foreign policy in the White House, says CFR's Charles Kupchan.

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Interview

Is France Heading South?

Dominique Moisi interviewed by Jeanne Park

If France moves in the direction of its Southern European neighbors, the consequences for the entire European Union could be calamitous, says expert Dominique Moïsi.

See more in France; Economics

Interview

Kupchan: Mood of U.S. Ties with France, Germany Improve with ‘Slim Pickings’ on Substance

Charles A. Kupchan interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Charles A. Kupchan, CFR’s top Europe expert, sees major improvements in the mood of U.S.-Europe relations, but, he cautions,  there are only “slim pickings” to show on policy issues like Iran and Afghanistan.

See more in Germany; History and Theory of International Relations; France; Diplomacy and Statecraft; United States

Must Read

London Review of Books: In Search of Monsters

Author: Stephen Smith

"Jihadists were already finding it hard to operate in North Africa before the Arab Spring of 2011. Since then their problems have become almost insurmountable: they thrive only in countries where Islamists are in prison, not where they are in the ascendant or contesting elections. As for Europe, the last attacks instigated by al-Qaida date back to Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005. Jihadism looks less like a rising phenomenon in the north of Mali than a force in retreat. The French intervention may well give them purpose and greater coherence."

See more in France; Havens for Terrorism; Mali

Must Read

FP: Couples Retreat

Author: Mira Kamdar

Mira Kamdar, a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an award-winning author, analyzes the rocky relationship between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

See more in EU; Financial Crises; Germany; France

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Guardian: NATO Needs a Makeover

Author: Benoit D'Aboville

As France returns to NATO's integrated military structure, it's time for the alliance to undergo a long-delayed transformation, Benoi D'Aboville says.

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SWP: Could France Bring NATO and the EU Closer Together?

Author: Ronja Kempin

The President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, has pushed for his country to rejoin NATO's integrated military command in the hopes that it would help establish a capable European Security and Defense Policy. Ronja Kempin writes that this would only be possible if the French were to use their EU Presidency to link NATO and the EU by creating an operational civil-military EU planning and conduct capability closely linked to NATO's capacities.

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Newsweek: The French Revolution

Author: Christopher Dickey

Paris Bureau Chief Christopher Dickey reports on the success of small and highly professional French combat units that have coordinated with military forces from different countries in varying alliances-the kind of fighting Western armies are called on to do more and more. The French do it well and it is key to their growing-perhaps pivotal-role in NATO that has changed dramatically since the end of the cold war.

See more in France; NATO