Converging on The Middle

Is it bad for France that the U.S. is the world's only superpower? The foreign policy of all the world's countries is defined in reference to American power. That's why I call America a hyper-power — not as a critique, but as a pure description of fact. Does that mean France no longer counts at all? Certainly not. Does it mean France has to accept that it is merely a medium-sized power? We can't say that either. I've always combated a certain presumptuous view France has of itself, but I don't defend the contrary. France should not undervalue itself...

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