The future of the European Union - a view from France

French President Francois Hollande  at the centre of Europe (photo:dpa)
French President Francois Hollande at the centre of Europe (photo:dpa)

Europe's future is being debated as its member states face a series of financial crises. In the third part of our series on the European Union we look at the French view of Europe, how it regards its role at the centre of any grouping at a time when the French people see themselves as French rather than Europeans.

FRENCH President Francois Hollande’s vision of Europe is in line with that of the founder of the French Fifth Republic and president from 1959-1969, General Charles de Gaulle. It is thus very ‘French’.

Europe has to be in the interests of France, not the other way round. France is a net contributor to the EU budget but the greatest beneficiary of the Common Agri...

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