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Sarkozy calls for rejoining NATO military command

Sarkozy calls for rejoining NATO military command

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the "time has come" for France to rejoin NATO's military command that it quit 43 years ago.
Sarkozy says France's "independence won't be in question" _ a clear message to critics who fear he is handing over too much national sovereignty to the Atlantic alliance.
He also says France will maintain control over its nuclear arsenal.
Then-President Charles de Gaulle withdrew from the NATO military command in 1966 in a bid to assert France's independence during the Cold War. France remains a member of NATO.
Sarkozy says new threats require greater international military cooperation.
Speaking at a conference in Paris on Wednesday, Sarkozy said, "The time has come to put an end to this situation."


Updated : 2021-05-16 04:51 GMT+08:00