Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

The removal of Bush has not lead to a utopian multilateral world has it? As a troop surge starts in Afghanistan, the French fail to pull their weight.

There is far more unease at Nato over the unwillingness of Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, to increase the current French deployment of 3,120.

On Monday, Herve Morin, the French defence minister, insisted that France would not add more troops, stating: “France considers that it has made an extremely big effort and that there is no question for now of raising numbers.”

A British official told the Financial Times on Monday: “The French stance on troop numbers is not going down at all well in Washington, especially given all Sarkozy has said about the importance of the transatlanic partnership.

“Frankly, France’s current deployment is too small for a country with that big an army.”