“Third, we must respond enthusiastically to the strong leadership shown by President Sarkozy, not just over Georgia, but in his historic revision of Gaullism, with his proposal for France to join NATO. With Europe’s other major military power for the first time in decades prepared to join the defence pact we have with the US, surely we should be setting aside the lingering doubts some have over the place for the EU’s Defence and Security Policy.”
It was pointed out in the comments that France is a founder member of NATO, and has always been a member of NATO, even if its troops have not always been under NATO’s integrated command. Now we have THIS sad news from Afghanistan, where ten French soldiers have lost their lives.
One can’t help wondering how angry the families of these soldiers would be that a senior party spokesman on foreign affairs from Britain, one of their major allies and closest neighbours, is unaware of that France is not only a member of NATO, but is losing its own sons fighting along side British forces.