Chapter 10: Foreign Policy
As important as Europe is to France, most people do not think of Franco-European relations as “foreign policy” in the way it is taught in international relations courses. As we saw in the preceding chapter, France's relations with Europe are as much about domestic politics as international relations.
The government's interactions with its European partners are not always easy. But they are normal, as I've used the term throughout this book, in the sense that disagreements with other European states are handled more or less as easily and more or less in the same way that we Virginians work out our problems with Maryland.
France is also now what international relations scholars call a second-tier power. It has a large and powerful military, including ...