Contradictions of French militarism hard to ignore

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Series Details 9.4.11
Publication Date 09/04/2011
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Jacques Chirac, the former French president who opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, once said that 'war always means failure'. With French forces engaged in three theatres in 2011 – Afghanistan, Libya and the Ivory Coast, his successor and one-time adversary, Nicolas Sarkozy, is hoping to prove him wrong.

The military operation the Ivory Coast is France’s second on the African continent in the spring of 2011, leaving many to wonder whether this signals a new, more interventionist policy to rid the continent of unpalatable dictators. However, this is probably not the case.

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EUObserver, 12.4.11: MEPs question French intervention in Ivory Coast
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