Discussion in 'Europe' started by Annie, May 6, 2007.
I do not think that Sarkozy's election will create any real thaw in US-France relations. There will be some congratulations and meaningless platitudes expressed, but that's about it. The anti-American view of most French people is too intense; almost genetic. Sarkozy cannot afford to alienate the people that elected him: the UMP, the party of Chirac. He may want to emulate some aspects of the American economic model, but expect continued French hostility toward US foreign policy. Do not look for any help in Iraq. Do not expect to see the French contribution to NATO forces in Afghanistan do anything but hide with the Germans in the uncontested northern areas. Perhaps there may be a few more French abstain postures in the UNSC in response to American initiatives, rather than the threatened vetoes of the past. An important signal from Sarkozy will be whether he continues Chiracs very antagonistic and anti-American policy of trying to get the EU to drop its weapons trade ban with the totalitarians in China. Chirac repeatedly demonstrated with the Iraqis and Iranians that all you needed to trade with the French was money. Under Chirac, the French had an entirely mercantile foreign policy, where any concept of morality was checked at the door. Will Sarkozy continue such an amoral foreign policy? We will see.
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