September 12, 2007

A POSTHUMOUS WIN FOR LBJ...:

France may rejoin military wing of Nato (John Lichfield, 13 September 2007, Independent)

President Nicolas Sarkozy, a self-proclaimed Gaullist, may be ready to reverse one of the most celebrated actions sanctioned by Charles de Gaulle – France's abrupt exit from the military wing of Nato in 1966. [...]

Since 1966, France has been a member of the Nato alliance but not part of its military high command. Senior French officers have long complained this is an impossible situation. France finds itself taking part on the fringes of Nato operations, without the ability to influence decisions. This, said one diplomat, reduced French forces to the role of harkis – the name given to Algerians who served as auxiliaries with the French army during the Algerian War of Independence from 1954 to 1962.

President Chirac sought to rejoin Nato's military command in 1997 but the US rejected the conditions demanded by France.


...who, when De Gaulle demanded that all American troops leave French soil, asked if that included the ones buried in it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2007 8:07 PM
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Colin Powell.

Posted by: erp at September 13, 2007 8:45 AM
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