Watch Part 2France is a country that appears split on many levels.
Edwy PlenelDirector, Mediapart.frAnne Marie Le GloannecDirector, Institut d'Etudes PolitiquesChristopher DickeyParis bureau chief, NewsweekEric ChevallierAdviser, Ministry of foreign affairs
In foreign policy terms it is a country torn between its imperial past and its integration into the European Union and between its pretentions as a key player on the world stage and its increasingly modest means.
Economically there is apprently insurmountable divisions between France's strong and united trade unions and its laissez-faire president. Nicolas Sarkozy is moving to change France’s role on the world stage, but two years after taking office some analysts say his "champagne" tactics are all bubbles, but no fizz. His attempts at peace-making during the conflict between Georgia and Russia, establishing a new Mediterranean partnership, his high-level meeting with the Dalai Lama, and ordering French naval patrols along the shores of Gaza, have produced little or no impact.
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We also examine whether neo-conservatism has translated into French and look at the direction of French foreign policy and asks where it will go next.
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