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Modernising France’s Security and Defence Apparatus: a French National Security Council?


This article explores the changes to France’s security and defence apparatus currently under discussion in the halls of power in Paris. It seems the changes will result in a further strengthening of the role of the president in the French political system.

Since taking office in 2007, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has run his Presidency with an unabated appetite for reform, strongly supported in this endeavour by the mandate for change he was elected upon. In the space of eight short months, President Sarkozy has demonstrated a characteristic style of government, evident both domestically and on the international scene, which is driven with political aplomb and with which he unrelentingly sets the pace for others to

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Alastair Cameron

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