Nicolas Sarkozy’s foreign policy

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France’s foreign policy as construed by Nicolas Sarkozy is determined to represent change on five points at least: the United States, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and human rights. The president’s intense activity since the past year and a half has manifested itself through the forecast return of France in Nato, warmer relations with the United States and Israel, the Lisbon Treaty and the Union for the Mediterranean. Yet, a false start has signalled the desired revival of relationships with Africa, while French-Chinese relations have continuously worsened and the French-German duo has reached its lowest point. Yet the achievements of the French presidency of the EU on the Georgian, financial and climatic cases have completed Nicolas Sarkozy’s transformation into a major player on the world stage, in spite of his unusual style.