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France: From Great Power Illusions to the Europeanization of ambitions

Hajnalka Vincze

CHARACTERISTICS OF FRENCH NATIONAL IDENTITY AND THEIR PROJECTION IN THE FOREIGN POLICY FIELD
Basic components of French national identity
The nation concept
Geographical and demographical factors
Historic and economic roots
Identity and cultural aspects
Expression of the elements of identity in the dimension of the foreign policy
Independence
Activism and global presence
Grandeur and gloire
De Gaulle: optimization of the reciprocity between national identity and foreign policy
FRENCH FOREIGN POLICY BETWEEN FEELING OF DECLINE AND RESIDUAL GREAT-POWERNESS
Perception of decline: the French "mal du siecle"
Increasingly relativized attributes of power
Permanent membership at the UN Security Council
Nuclear “force de frappe”
Network of relations in the Third world
Multipolarity and diversity: double postulate of external actions
Overall"tous azimuts” diplomacy
Security and defence policy of a pseudo-great power
Total defence
Autonomy and global presence
European prospects
GLOBLIZATION BY STEALTH: THE CONTRADICTIONS OF FRENCH POLICY TOWARDS GLOBALIZATION
The Asterix syndrome
France as one of the main actors of globalization
Identity roots of French duality vis-à-vis globalization
The vehicle of the universal message: cultural policy
Institutional structure
The claim for diversity as a universal message: francophonie
EUROPEAN INTEGRATION: THE INSTRUMENT AND THE GOAL OF FRENCH FOREIGN POLICY
Characteristics of the ideal model of integration from the French standpoint
Intergovernmentalism at the level of the all-Union
Enlargement as a catalyst for differentiation
"Hexagonalized" Europe: the bond between national identity and French European policy
Power multiplicator
Partial identity transfer
Conclusion

(In: Nemzeti identitás és külpolitika az euroatlanti térségben, ed. L. J. Kiss, Budapest, 2005)


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