January 21, 2014

Ode to France, Europe's Sole Military Force

Gregor Peter Schmitz, Der Spiegel

The Associated Press

French troops are fighting in bloody conflicts around the world, most recently in the Central African Republic. Other EU members, including Germany, say they will now provide support for these deployments. It's high time.

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TAGGED: Germany, Central African Republic, Africa, Europe, France


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