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France, NATO and mistaken media

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By Arthur I. Cyr

President Emmanuel Macron of France has issued a dramatic declaration in favor of European independence from NATO, and the United States. Instead, he favors establishing a distinctive European military organization and explicitly separate diplomatic role in the world.

Given the erratic, often combative rhetoric from the White House, this is no surprise. However, media emphasis on turning political debate into a transatlantic institutional crisis is misguided. As usual, and unfortunately, spreading alarm takes priority for many information organs. Serious public education gets a back seat.

France has suffered a spate of attacks by Islamic terrorist groups in recent years. These tragic, despicable acts of violence and murder resulted in rapid, enormous demonstrations of solidarity by peoples and leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. Regarding cooperation, the history and role of France is of special significance.

Since World War II, France has followed a singularly........

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