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The View From Paris

By on 2.1.08 | 2:50PM

It's never a good sign when France takes a more robust stance on a particular foreign policy issue than we do. But that, apparently, is exactly the state of affairs when it comes to Iran. French Defense Minister Herve Morin, who is currently visiting Washington, has told reporters in no uncertain terms that his government still considers Iran to be a serious threat -- even if the U.S. intelligence community does not. "Coordinated information from a number of intelligence services leads us to believe that Iran has not given up its wish to pursue its (nuclear) program," and is "continuing to develop" it, Morin has said. If only our own policymakers were that sure-footed.

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