Just a quick mention of a story that seems to give weight to my feeling that France's president Sarkozy sees an opportunity to enhance his nation's prestige and power in a world looking to multi-polar options. After seven years of Sarko's good pal Bush exploding the idea that the US as sole superpower could be a good policeman, the Frenchman has an easy sales pitch:
France is counting on India’s traditional non-alignment to sell New Delhi fighter aircraft and nuclear reactors amid stiff competition from Moscow and in particular Washington, officials say.But not independent of France, obviously. Is there a conservative alive who isn't a colonialist at heart?
President Nicolas Sarkozy left India on Saturday night after sending a “clear message to the Indians,” a presidential adviser said.
“He told them, “choose French civilian nuclear equipment to be independent of the Americans’.”