The major theme of Cold War France’s foreign policy was the reassertion of the country’s traditional great power identity.  France did not aspire to unseat the two superpowers as the most powerful states in the world, but French leaders believed that their country could and should also take a place at the global high table.  As Charles de Gaulle memorably put it on the first page of his memoirs, “France cannot be France without greatness.”[1]

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