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French foreign and security challenges after the Paris terrorist attacks

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The Paris terrorist attacks in January and November 2015 have changed the relationship between French society and security. For the first time since the end of the Second World War, the assumption that France is experiencing a new form of territorial war is explicit in the public debate. It has reinforced the strong conviction among the French politicians and diplomats that security requires close cooperation with the USA and a renouncement of the Gaullist paradigm of exceptionalism. This paper analyses why the terrorist attacks have been perceived in France as a form of territorial war. Second, it explains why terrorism contributes to a growing mistrust of the French public vis-à-vis the European Union. Finally, it shows the reasons but also the limits of French military activism outside Europe, in close connection with the US-led strategy.
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hal-03567809 , version 1 (12-02-2022)

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Christian Lequesne. French foreign and security challenges after the Paris terrorist attacks. Contemporary Security Policy, 2016, ⟨10.1080/13523260.2016.1193976⟩. ⟨hal-03567809⟩
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