Accession Number : ADA141370

Title :   The French Strategic Dilemma.

Descriptive Note : Professional Paper,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA NAVAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT DIV

Personal Author(s) : Laird,R F

PDF Url : ADA141370

Report Date : Mar 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : This paper identifies a basic strategic dilemma for France. On the one hand, French leaders identify the political purpose of nuclear weapons as the defense of French territory or, at best, of France's 'vital interests'. On the other hand, a number of external pressures are inducing a need for France to provide a more explicit definition of the role of French nuclear weapons in the West European security system. In particular, the central tension in French doctrine revolves around the emphasis on protecting the national 'sanctuary' with nuclear weapons and the growing recognition of the need to include West Germany in the French security concept.

Descriptors :   *Arms control, *France, Doctrine, Political negotiations, Nuclear weapons, International relations, West Germany, Deterrence, Western security(International), Defense planning, Strategic analysis

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE