Thursday 8 December 2016

France must buck up to halt 'German' EU

Despite many economic positives, France is paralysed by defeatism, says Dan O'Brien. It needs to reassert itself to balance German influence

Published 14/06/2015 | 02:30

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande

On this very morning, 75 years ago, Nazis troops marched into Paris capturing the undefended capital of continental Europe's once dominant power. Among the many consequences for France of the fall of Paris was the collapse shortly thereafter of the Third Republic, which had come into being 70 years earlier during the country's last war with Germany. That war, too, ended in defeat for France.

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History always explains a lot about how countries act. Does France's history explain its passivity today in the face of a rising Germany?

Before answering that question, consider just how many major reversals and defeats France has suffered over the past two centuries.

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