B. Tertrais, Fondation Recherche Stratégique (in French) | March 6, 2009
The argument that France would lose its diplomatic freedom and image of independent power by re-integrating into the military structure of NATO is unfounded. ++ It would assure France a better defense of its national interests. ++ NATO is a consensus based alliance and every country's view is considered in the decision-making process. ++ More importantly, NATO is about to delineate a new strategic concept and France's presence, and thus greater weight, would indeed be a valuable asset.