A New Balance For France

French presiden Nicolas Sarkozy has made it clear he's determined to re-establish France as both a force in international affairs and a valued friend of the U.S. Inevitably, those objectives will sometimes be in conflict. In his first major address on foreign policy, for example, Sarkozy rejected the notion that Iran should be allowed to develop a nuclear bomb, but he also denounced the strategy, favored by some Washington hawks, of launching preventive strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. Instead, he urged renewing efforts to negotiate Tehran's renunciation of its nuclear program as "the only one that allows us to escape from a catastrophic...

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