Some Other ‘Commonwealths’
After the Second World War the cost of Empire was as insupportable for France as for Britain. France’s great power pretensions were called in question and subjected to ridicule, and for reasons of national prestige, the reassertion of its imperial authority abroad became as important as economic reconstruction at home. The existence of its colonies was one of the few cards France could play in making any claim for great power status, and in 1945 France had become a permanent member of the UN Security Council largely because of its sphere of overseas influence, much more so than due to its military or economic capabilities. Accordingly the French authorities were prepared to confront the nationalist movements in Indo-China and later in Algeria.
KeywordsPrime Minister Security Council Foreign Minister French Language French Government
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