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The Actors in Europe's overseas coverage is a well timed survey of the interaction among the EU's universal overseas and safety coverage and the common nationwide overseas guidelines of the Union's member states.

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Defence is everyone’s business. 39 At a more fundamental level the French attitude towards the CFSP is indicative of the contradictory pressures exerted on foreign policy by the ending of the Cold War. Tensions exist between the declared priority of Europeanizing foreign policy, which binds Germany to the Union but limits France’s margins for manoeuvre, and the desire to maintain France’s ‘ranking’ as a world power, a desire asserted all the more stridently as this status has been shaken by changes within Europe.

The first relates to the analysis by the French government of European disunity and the constant dissension among partners as much in evidence during the Gulf crisis as over the Yugoslavian conflict. In her resistance to the break up of Yugoslavia, France in the first phase found herself in disagreement successively with Bonn and Rome on the recognition of Slovenia and Croatia and with London on the wisdom of armed intervention. Similarly, during the Gulf War, the difficulty that some of her partners had in going from condemnation to participation in the UN intervention provoked some critical questioning in Paris about the developing CFSP.

25 The French concept of a defence which is autonomous and centred on the ‘national sanctuary’ concept has indeed evolved into a wider conception of security establishing an explicit link between the security of France and that of her European neighbours. 27 To these signs of evolution must be added the French attitude to the WEU and notably the ‘platform’ adopted in October 1987, regarding interests in the field of security. In spite of the unsettling role played by the SDI, particularly in Franco-German relations, Paris no longer plays the WEU against the Alliance but considers it rather as its ‘European pillar’.

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