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.
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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