Возвращение блудного сына НАТО?

Париж -- Немногие государственные визиты приводят к продолжительным результатам. Однако только что завершившаяся поездка Николя Саркози в Вашингтон может быть исключением, потому что французский президент, возможно, готовит дорогой подарок к 60-летию НАТО весной 2009 года: возвращение Франции в интегрированную военную структуру НАТО, из которой Шарль де Голль вышел в 1966 году.

В ретроспективе решение де Голля нанесло больше ущерба Франции, чем альянсу. Выйдя из интегрированной командной структуры НАТО, Франция исключила себя из политического процесса внутри альянса и, таким образом, стала эквивалентна «харкис» - местным солдатам, служившим во французской армии во время алжирской войны -хорошим солдатам, но не получившим практически никакой награды за свою службу.

Насколько реалистичной является возможность возвращения Франции в военную структуру НАТО? Истории известно много безрезультатных шагов и ошибок с обеих сторон в отношениях между Францией и НАТО, последней из которых была неудачная попытка Жака Ширака урегулировать отношения Франции с НАТО после его прихода к власти в 1995 году. Успех не гарантирован и на этот раз, но шансы гораздо выше, потому что Франция изменилась, как и США, и весь мир.

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