French Foreign Policy: A New Interventionism?
Professor Christian Lequesne, Professor of European Politics, Sciences Po; Director, CERI
Bruno Le Maire, Advisor to Dominique de Villepin (2002-07)
Chair: Professor Maurice Fraser, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Following his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy's championing of intervention in Libya, in his first 18 months French President François Hollande has already launched a high-risk operation in Mali and expressed a readiness to strike Syria without a UN mandate. The panel will discuss this new trend of interventionism in France's foreign policy, focusing on its key relations and role in the EU and beyond.