France and NATO: The Image and the Reality

William T. Johnsen, Thomas-Durell Young
1994 Parameters  
French policy toward NATO has long befuddled US policymakers. Bilateral security and defense cooperation between Washington and Paris has long been cordial, if not intimate. Moreover, relations between the respective armed services of these two countries have also been close and mutually supportive of common national objectives.[1] However, this degree of bilateral cooperation has not extended into the multilateral fora of NATO. Paris has long suspected US motives in the Alliance and harbored
more » ... rceptions of inadequate political control over NATO's military structures. [2] This distrust has resulted in obstructionist, if not counterproductive, French policies toward the Alliance. It is little wonder that US officials have been confused by this seemingly irrational and schizophrenic approach toward an organization which has provided the very bases for French national security.
doi:10.55540/0031-1723.1721 fatcat:wq5mwzevsfclpjrkqiinfjvoce