Sarkozy’s play

The New York Times ran an interesting piece about France’s actions in Libya. 

“Mr. Sarkozy, motivated by French failures to respond quickly to the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and pressed by a new foreign minister and vocal public figures like the writer Bernard-Henri Lévy, came together with Britain to drag Europe and the United States toward a military engagement in the Arab world that key allies like Washington and Berlin never wanted,” writes Steven Erlanger.

Le Pen and the National Front’s anti-immigration policies are winning in the polls. And then we have Sarkozy’s efforts to restore a “strong sense of French exceptionalism and moral leadership.” It’s a risky manoeuver in the runup to the elections. Does France want to maintain a prominent spot on the world stage, or is it time to hunker down and close the doors?

Read the full article here.

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