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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Pragmatism? Politics?: France's Change of Attitude

On Wednesday, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev concluded his 3-day state visit to Paris. According to TIME, "he virtually cinched an unprecedented military deal, bagged a significant gas contract and watched his French host, President Nicolas Sarkozy, dismiss American and European misgivings about his embrace of Moscow by treating Medvedev like his newest best friend forever". 

TIME reported, "Gone are Sarkozy's early promises to make a respect of human rights and democracy central to all French foreign relations... France is now eager to work with Russia on common security and economic interests - and it doesn't want to hear any sniping or criticism from other countries, s'il vous plait."

Is this part of France's re-imaging itself? Part of its new identity? What do you think? Pragmatism? Politics? Or..?


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