National security of France

  • The National security of France in White Papers on Defense. Continuity or change?

    Author: Karolina J. Helnarska
    Institution: University of Warsaw (Poland)
    Year of publication: 2013
    Source: Show
    Pages: 268-278
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    PDF: ppsy/42/ppsy2013017.pdf

    France after World War II was in a difficult situation. This involved a loss of position, not only as a superpower in the world but in Europe. Superpower, the global position of France, decided to rebuild, after the new president was elected in June 1959, Gen. Ch. de Gaulle. According to his conception of a foreign policy for France it should have a global dimension, supported by the independent French defense not only as a conventional but also nuclear power. Gen. Ch. De Gaulle took the position that France having regard to its independence in the political, military, economic and cultural center should not submit to any of the blocks. Independence in the foreign policy of France was understood as the freedom to determine their own place in the world, freely determine their fate, the defense of vital national interests and full freedom in the choice of ends, means and methods of foreign policy.

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