US-French Relations Hit Rocks over European Defense
Howard LaFranchi, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
FRANCO-AMERICAN relations, spiced with rivalry and jousting even in the best of times, are traversing a particularly stormy period as differences escalate over a number of international issues of central importance to both countries.
The discord is acute over such topics as international trade relations and European security.
Yet the common source of tension in all the problem issues, from the French point of view, is a fundamental mistrust among American officials of the project for a strong, united Europe with, as one highly placed French official says, "a certain autonomy."
"It's as if this European construction were designed to antagonize the …
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Publication information: Article title: US-French Relations Hit Rocks over European Defense. Contributors: Howard LaFranchi, writer of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: June 5, 1992. Page number: 7. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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