L’Impuissance Française: Une diplomatie qui a fait son temps

It is a truism in French public discourse, from either the nationalist or transnationalist
perspective, that La Grande Nation has long been in need of a foreign
policy overhaul. In 2001, it was the Socialist and former Foreign Minister Hubert
Védrine who insisted that ‘all that constitutes our power, our influence, and
our position in today’s world, our ideas and our projects, must be defended and
enhanced by new, dynamic, and forward-leaning policies and diplomacy.’ [1]

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