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In my previous post dedicated to the debate at the House of Commons I did not make mention of Dr Fox statement on French nuclear assets. Saying that “We must also remember that France itself co-operates very closely on nuclear issues with the United States. The United States, France and the United Kingdom form the… » read more

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As usual the House of Commons offered on 2nd November a very rich and dense debate on the ins and outs of the treaties signed between France and the United Kingdom at the occasion of the summit. I warmly recommend you to pay a visit to the video of the debate, that you will reach… » read more

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The common declaration following the UK-France summit of 2nd November would let think that France has become a major partner for the UK. Of course, a strong and long-term partnership should emerge from this agreement signed by the French President and British Prime Minister. However, I would moderate the enthusiasm of some French or European… » read more

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The UK-France summit of 2nd November 2011 has been presented as a major step forward as for bi-lateral cooperation in defence and security issues refers. Indeed, it is, as both countries say in a common declaration, “the UK and France are natural partners in security and defence. As permanent members of the United Nations Security… » read more

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In the 90’s, along with German reunification and the upheaval of Eastern Europe map, France, Germany and Poland set up an informal forum, named the Triangle of Weimar. This forum stills exists, even if more or less on decline, and covers many fields of tri-lateral cooperation, including defence. Initially, this cooperation could have become to… » read more

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The Centre for Strategic and International Studies, along with the French IRIS, issued in July a report dedicated to “Security and Stability in Africa in the twenty-first century“, written by Richard Downie. This report is really worth being read because of the accurate and updated view on Africa it conveys. I particularly enjoyed the description… » read more

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On 11th June, the EUObserver.com dedicated an article to the new status of the EU at the UN. It seems that the EU, as such, will have the right to make proposals, submit amendments, raise points of order and circulate documents. Of course, seats of France and UK at the Security Council are safe as… » read more

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This is a reviewed and updated article, initially titled ‘the UK could move towards European Army through the mutualisation of military assets’. The two traditional nations at the avant-garde of European Defence, France and Germany seem to be supported by a third nation that nobody would have expected on that field. I mean the UK.… » read more

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In Euobserver.com of 25th February 2010, A. Rettman wrote on Latvian and Lithuanian call for tighter EU rules on arms sales (click here). He says that both countries were thinking to the French sale of RoRo ships to Russia. Those sales have apparently raised some concern in their countries. Although their have of course the… » read more

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