But in my debate with the lady from the French Foreign Office on BBC last night, I said that France’s refusal to contribute more than 200 troops to the UN force for Lebanon — after crafting and negotiating and getting us to cave in to their demands – was just a study in French political science. I compared it to the results on the decade-long drafting of the EUnuch constitution led by a former French president, contrived and negotiated to France’s demands and then rejected by the French, the mess left for others to repair.
Today, Chirac announced they’d contribute 2,000 not 200 troops. A coincidence? Maybe. On the other hand, I’ve not accepted their surrender. Yet.