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France wants to strengthen defense Europe and rejoin NATO

(B2 – archives) At the informal Défense in Evora, some of the eyes could be turned towards France. As the President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, once again confirmed in New York, he intends to advance European defense, one of the four main priorities of the French presidency of the EU.

« I want to fight for European defense he recalled again recently in an interview with the New York Times. " Whatever the importance of NATO, Europe must defend itself effectively and independently. Europe cannot be an economic power without ensuring its own security ". The French president has also made it a prerequisite for the possible evolution of the French position in NATO. " I ask our American friends to understand this. A Europe that would be capable of defending itself independently is not a risk for the Americans, it is an asset."

The reintegration of France into the integrated military command of the Organization, which it left in 1966, is indeed on the agenda, as confirmed by the French Minister of Defense, Hervé Morin, by launching a reflection on the future of defense through a “white paper”, which must be published by March 2008. However, France is only considering this movement on one other condition: “ that a place be made in the management bodies, at the highest level, for [its] representatives ". This return is judged positively at NATO. Confiding in AFP, a senior officer believes " reasonable to think that if the French returned, it would open up additional staff and command positions for them..

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)
article published in Europolitics on 27 September 2007

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).