International: The Impotence of France

The leaders of France were packing their bags for a crucial trip to Washington when Chancellor Konrad Adenauer pushed the European Army treaty through the West German Bundestag. The way Paris saw it, the Chancellor could not have been more inconsiderate, nor his timing more inopportune. It was, to put it mildly, a diplomatic embarrassment.

Now, more than ever, their U.S. hosts would be expecting the visitors to bring with them this week some solid evidence that France, after two years of stalling on the program they themselves had conceived, is determined to create the European Army.

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