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Foreign political shadow play

Au nom de la France? Les non-dits de notre diplomacy
Forfatter: Laurent Larcher
Forlag: Editions du Cerf (Frankrike)
Laurent Larcher calls for openness, value proposition and debate on French foreign policy. The author claims that France's elite of power conceals its real agenda behind meaningless statements and secrecy.

While we wait for season four of the French agent series The Office we can comfort ourselves with a story about the lack of public debate on French foreign policy. Journalist Laurent Larcher has for a number of years covered the African continent of the French Catholic daily La Croix. Now he has written a personal account of how the French power elite conceals its true foreign policy intentions by secrecy or completely self-evident, and thus meaningless, statements. As Kai Eide has called for openness and debate about Norway's foreign policy, Larcher does the same about the French.

Cynical self-interest

To take his main point first: France's foreign policy is presented to the public as morally high, characterized by the struggle for human rights and democracy. In reality, it is characterized by diplomatic and economic self-interests, and completely detached. . .

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Ketil Fred Hansen
Hansen is a professor of social sciences at UiS and a regular reviewer at Ny Tid.

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