Hollande’s State Visit to Washington: France Embraces Global Neo-Colonialist War
By Alex Lantier
February 13, 2014
Yesterday marked the end of a three-day state visit by French President François Hollande in Washington, DC. It was billed as the definitive burying of the diplomatic conflicts that erupted between the United States and France over a decade ago, when right-wing President Jacques Chirac opposed the Bush administration’s 2003 invasion of Iraq.
In a joint editorial in the Washington Post and Le Monde on Monday, as the visit began, Obama and Hollande spelled out a new Franco-American alliance.
They wrote: “A decade ago, few would have imagined our two countries working so closely together in so many ways. But in recent years our alliance has transformed. Since France’s return to NATO’s military command four years ago and consistent with our continuing commitment to strengthen the NATO-European Union partnership, we have expanded our cooperation across the board. We are sovereign and independent nations that make our decisions based on our respective national interests. Yet we have been able to take our alliance to a new level because our interests and values are so closely aligned.”
With this declaration, Hollande’s Socialist Party (PS) is signing on as a junior partner to the US agenda of world domination launched under Bush and continued after Obama took over from Bush in January of 2009. In defiance of both public opinion and the traditions of its own imperialist diplomacy in the post-World War II era, Paris is abandoning any pretense of pursuing an independent foreign policy from Washington.