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France’s Security Independence

Originality and Constraints in Europe, 1981-1995

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Xavier Fraudet

This book is about France’s security policy during François Mitterand’s presidency which was dominated by the end of the Cold War and the German unification. The author examines the successive layers of French security policy and analyses its nature, essence and success. The focus of the book is on France’s independence in security matters and the role of France in European security policy.
Contents: France: Geography of a society in the 1980s within a European framework – François Mitterrand’s election (1981-1984) – France and Europe: Acknowledging the power (1981-1995) – France at work to build the European security identity – The French approach to the question of «the other Europe» – The power of cultural influence: France facing Europe (1981-1995).