France, Europe, and the World in the Twenty-First Century

Philip H. Gordon
Philip H. Gordon Former Brookings Expert, Mary and David Boies Senior Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy - Council on Foreign Relations

November 1, 2007

On November 6, French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives in Washington for a working dinner and meeting with President Bush. Sarkozy is an unabashed admirer of the United States and is rethinking traditional French foreign policy on a number of issues, including Iran, Iraq, NATO, the Middle East, and the European Union.

Within France, Sarkozy emphasizes the need for the French to work more and harder and is facing down challenges from striking workers seeking to scuttle his ambitious reforms. In this exclusive excerpt of the preface from Sarkozy’s newly revised and updated book, Testimony, translated by Brookings Senior Fellow Philip Gordon, Sarkozy outlines his ambitious reforms. 

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