France's President Francois Hollande leaves after the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris (REUTERS/Charles Platiau).
Lauded – And Blamed – For Diplomacy's Failure, France Takes Center Stage In Iran Talks
November 11, 2013,
The apparent role of France in scuttling an effort by Washington and a coalition of world powers to finalize an interim agreement with Tehran on its nuclear activities has drawn both praise and criticism. Jeremy Sharpiro argues that there is less to the French challenge than gleeful critics of the P5+1 process are claiming. However, he maintains that the Obama administration will need to find ways not to surprise or anger the other P5+1 members if it wishes to avoid future upsets. France sees a deal as possible, but will not simply defer to any American deal without sufficient input into the process.