International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

France and NATO: The Gaullist Legacy and Roots of Dispute
Dr. Mahmoud A. Ali

In 1966, General de Gaulle's differences with the United States took the form of an all – out confrontation. He thought that the moment had finally come to clarify the relations between France and NATO. De Gaulle felt that France should be a world power, and it was eligible to gradually rally all European parties interested in an overall solution, by taking the lead in a détente with the East. Looking beyond the classical interpretations of such a relationship between France and NATO and the United States, this research aims at analyzing de Gaulle's quest for grandeur designed to build an independent French deterrence, as well as his plans to overcome the bloc – system which characterized world politics after the Second War.

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