Q&A: Sommes-nous pas tous français? Perhaps not, but thanks God for French diplomacy

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) speaks with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius (L) prior to the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and France's President Francois Hollande in Moscow, Russia, 26 November 2015. Francois Holland arrived in Moscow to discuss coordination in their common struggle against so called Islamic State terrorist formation in Syria.

Q&A: Sommes-nous pas tous français? Perhaps not, but thanks God for French diplomacy


 

Q1: Why hope that there would be a common front against ISIS? 

The downing of the Russian Metroject Flight 9268 over the Sinai Peninsula on October 31st – with 217 passengers – followed by the Paris attacks on November 13 – with 130 victims – could galvanize a common front against ISIS. Suspicion aside, public opinion in the West and Russia would be ready for that.

On November 20th, France became the first EU member-state to evoke Article 42 (7) of the Treaty of the European Uni...


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