France and the Euromissiles

Lellouche, Pierre
December 1983
Foreign Affairs;Winter83/84, Vol. 62 Issue 2, p318
The article assesses the increasing nuclear force of France and its non-compliance with the peace campaign of the international organizations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The influence of the French Communist Party (PCF) and its domination of the French peace campaign. The rhetoric of the PCF since the adoption of the 1979 NATO decision and the PCF dominance of the major French peace organization have undoubtedly worked to discredit the whole peace campaign in the eyes of a large majority of the French public. This has been all the more damaging as French intellectual elites and public opinion as a whole have grown increasingly hostile to the U.S.S.R. in recent years. The dramatic change of perception of the U.S.S.R., in the eyes of French elites and French public opinion as a whole. In contrast to their neighbors, the French have gone from virulent anti-Americanism in the 1950s and 1960s to an equally strong anti-Sovietism today. In the French intellectual world, this can be summarized by the final victory of Raymond Aron over Jean-Paul Sartre after nearly four decades of ideological warfare. The U.S.S.R., which used to be the model of justice and socialism, is viewed today as the living symbol of totalitarianism.


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