جمعه, 02 تیر 1396 |

By Opposition, What is France Up to

Nuclear talks have come to a critical and sensitive point, probably being conducive to a comprehensive political framework and eventually to an agreement; it is natural that the whole world attention be centered on this historical episode. In better words, everybody is expecting that these talks come to a decent conclusion, making a peaceful and calm international arena.


This time around, however we are witnessing one of the partners in these talks, France, is nagging and resorting to ambiguous justifications, and threatens that it will not sign the probable agreement between Iran and five plus one. This is not, of course the first time that France resorts to stumbling reasons, though the French government presumes thus serving their national interests. Certainly it is an inviolable right of any country to serve her best national interests and nobody has any right, whatsoever, to call for any state not to do so. Naturally it is a common approach that every country in the world is supposed to pursue.

In existing global conditions, however, all countries (except a few), international bodies and political circles are trying their best not to hurdle the process of these talks leading to a fair and balanced deal although all of them may not be able to assist the process. Having this in mind, French stand, at this point, on nuclear issue, needs further contemplation. Resolving this issue, obviously, will lay better international grounds and thus serving the best interests of all. Has not so far French government, time and again, called for resolving international disputes by peaceful means? Are not France best interests served if an international issue be peacefully resolved? Does this France's stand prove that Paris, in these sensitive circumstances, pursuing a twofold or a hypocrite policy? What is France really up to and what is her objective? We do not need to run through the history and preview the policies of France in the span of past centuries or decades. Just a passing glance on French governments' policies (albeit except a few) divulge that they have been self-centered and unilateralist. In fact French perceive that they have to revive the grandeur of Napoleon Bonaparte times. But we have not to lose sight of the fact that the era of grandiosity and stretching ambitions are over, and if is not possible, it is definitely very hard to be re-emerged.

The present French government needs to know its approach in the existing global situation does not pay off. Even those countries who may need France support and help will not endure these policies. Given the globalization and emerging of more advanced countries all over the world, there are certainly more options for the countries. As a matter of fact there are so many choices for any country to take. In other words, the competition is tight and there are many competing countries, including France itself, that need to work hard in this rivalry because everyone is painstakingly seeking for its best political and economic interests. Most important, it is a global condition that interdependency sounds pretty indispensible, no matter a country is big or small, advanced or developing. So if France is seeking for the revival of the past grandeur, and having intention to impose its policies on others, absolutely it is nothing but complete failure. History has taught us that over the past centuries several great powers, among them France too, did rise and fall. Now we do have a globalized world. Dr. Paul Michel   Kennedy in his prized book, "The Parliament of the Man", properly discussed the globalized world and meticulously allude to this fact time and again. The parliament of the man now has one hundred and ninety members (member states). In this global assembly that is UN, naturally the vote of one member, being big or small, cannot have the final say. Moreover France purportedly is aware that by being restricted to a few countries (whose objectives are quite well known for all nations of the world), it cannot serve his best economic interests. In short term some economic gains may be secured, but they are not perpetuated and can be at the cost of long-haul interests and amiable relations with other countries.

As the biggest and most powerful as well as influential country in the region, Iran certainly has a very significant leading role in stability and security of this part of the world. Moreover it is a lucrative and booming market in this area. France is absolutely aware that in spite of all impediments and hurdles created by a few countries notwithstanding their great financial and mass media potentialities, they could not slow down the progression of on-going talks which can lead to a well-balanced deal. Though France is quite different with those countries. Last but not the least; Iran has always had deep respect for the French. However, if France pursues the implausible approach as for on-going talks, it should not be confident that her interests and amiable relations in this region and particularly those with Iran can be secured, the relations which are quite valuable. So it is for France to think again over this before it runs out of time.

* Former Senior Diplomat and International Analyst