Forced to Choose: France, the Atlantic Alliance, and NATO--Then and Now

Forced to Choose: France, the Atlantic Alliance, and NATO--Then and Now

Forced to Choose: France, the Atlantic Alliance, and NATO--Then and Now

Forced to Choose: France, the Atlantic Alliance, and NATO--Then and Now

Synopsis

Cogan examines the France-NATO problem, going back to its origins in 1945-1952, when a weak France, obsessed by the threat of Germany and jealous of the ascendancy gained by the British during the war, sought security guarantees and assistance from the United States. However, in the process, France put itself in a position of dependence under the NATO integrated command to a degree that later governments of a resurgent France felt compelled to challenge--and are still doing so today.
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