The Post tells us:
Sarkozy argued that, given the level of French participation on the ground, it made no sense for France to continue boycotting the command structure that runs such interventions.Of course, there is opposition within France, from some quarters.
"We send our soldiers onto the terrain but we don't participate in the committee where their objectives are decided?" he said. "The time has come to end this situation. It is in the interest of France and the interest of Europe."
Former prime minister Dominique de Villepin, who served with Sarkozy under Chirac, nevertheless called the decision a blunder that would dilute the independence of French foreign policy. Ségolène Royal, the Socialist former presidential candidate, said Sarkozy was identifying France too closely with the United States just as the world was moving from U.S. domination.The side story on President de Gaulle pulling France out of NATO is that he also told the United States he wanted all American military personnel out of France. A year ago Michael Gerson wrote:
President Lyndon Johnson (in one of his finest hours) instructed his secretary of state to ask de Gaulle: "Does your order include the bodies of American soldiers in France's cemeteries?Looking to the future, what do you bet that President Sarkozy is looking for a French General to Command one of NATOs two Major NATO Commands (MNC)?
Regards -- Cliff