France has decided to join us, so we must be winning.
The French are a deeply opportunist people who only do things that are of immediate value to them – think of 60 million Bill Gateses.
Now they’ve decided that a) Mullahs with nukes will harm France, and b) The US is winning in Iraq, and is not a busted flush. And so:
President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has directly accused Iran of seeking a nuclear bomb and urged “stronger sanctions” against Teheran.
It was the latest sign that Mr Sarkozy is positioning France as America’s key European ally in tackling Teheran’s nuclear ambitions.
Mr Sarkozy said France did not want a war, but flatly declared in a television interview that “Iran is trying to obtain an atomic bomb”.
He added: “That is unacceptable and I tell the French people it is unacceptable.”
It’s not just talk – here’s a very good suggestion:
Representatives of the Security Council’s five permanent members met in Washington yesterday to discuss more sanctions, but China and Russia are both opposed to the move, pointing to a new agreement between Iran and inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
France has countered by suggesting that European countries bypass the UN and impose bilateral sanctions on Iran. These measures could have a severe effect on Teheran.
Plus they’re learning from success:
After years of spurning British political methods as incompatible with the French social model, Gallic ministers are flocking to London to seek inspiration on how to modernise their government.
At least six French ministers have crossed the channel since Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president in May.
If they keep this up, we might just start drinking their wine again.