Speaking to Express.co.uk, James Shields, professor of French politics at the University of Warwick, explained how that of President Macron The idea that France is a world power has been all but dismantled by its demands for support in the Sahel in West Africa, where France is waging a war against an Islamic insurgency, and the rejection of the sub – Aukus nuclear navies. ATherefore, he is looking for opportunities for military support, knowing that France cannot go it alone.
But he stressed that the world had changed since then and that it had changed “dramatically” for France.
The expert said: “Not only do we have a world dominated by superpowers, but we increasingly see this multipolar world of which we see a classic example in the Aukus partnership. “
Professor Shields also drew inspiration from Operation Barkhane, the French-led military operation in Central and West Africa covering the Sahel region, which aims to oust terrorism from Mali to Niger and Mauritania, former French colonies. , as a prime example of how France lost its independent military capability.
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“So Macron even sees in this limited sphere of conflict that France is going it alone even there – it doesn’t matter in the South China Sea or in a larger platform!” “
Despite these apparent military demands, the French expert stressed how “Macron really appreciates” what is happening during his tenure and is putting plans in place to respond to it.
He went on to explain how such reforms manifested themselves in the form of President Macron’s own arguments for an EU defense capability, which Professor Shields said “have always shown that he understands the old idea that France can go it alone ”.
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He said: “I don’t think he’s trained to exclude France. I think it basically has three components in place
“I guess this is a theater of cooperation. Macron would feel that France would eventually adapt.
He concluded that in the absence of an EU defense capability, Aukus would seem “a natural place” for France to provide military support.