Interesting take on France's political positioning.
Editorial by Jim Hoagland: Divide And Confuse (washingtonpost.com)
"Defending an exposed France, rather than ruthless domination of Europe, is what is on Chirac's mind.
That may not make him right in his choice of tactics or even strategy. But it does make his policies much more than spite or vain ambition. For one thing, it makes them understandable."