Sunday 4 December 2016

When France asks for help – Ireland says yes

Published 18/11/2015 | 02:30

The development does, in the words of EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, show that the EU really is a union and a community
The development does, in the words of EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, show that the EU really is a union and a community

France has been overwhelmed by expressions of support and solidarity over the past five days. And Ireland has been to the fore among those sending positive messages of hope to our old friends in that splendid country.

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It has been among the few positive things which have come from the appalling terror wrought by Isil in the ‘City of Light’. But talk is cheap – and yesterday the French government made its first formal request for more practical support from all its EU allies, including Ireland.

It was the first ever evocation of Article 42.7 of the EU’s Treaty of Lisbon, approved back in 2009. This provides for a member state seeking aid and support from the others in the event of suffering violent aggression on its own territory.

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