• Kevin A. O’Brien


In his opening speech to the UN Security Council on 12 September 2001, France’s UN Ambassador Jean-David Levitte stated, ‘in deciding upon any appropriate action to combat those who resort to terrorism, those who aid them and those who protect them … [a] global strategy is needed’.1 In subsequent discussions in the Security Council, French Foreign Minister Hubert Védrine remarked, ‘combating international terrorism means acting simultaneously on many fronts. The mobilisation must be universal’2 On these two principles, the French have determined a great deal of both their international and domestic policies to combat the ‘new’ terrorism.


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Notes and references

  1. 5.
    For an outline of US—French relations in the ‘war on terrorism’, see Philip H. Gordon and Benedicte Suzan, ‘France, the United States and the ‘war on terrorism’ in U.S.—France Analysis (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 1 January 2002): Google Scholar
  2. 9.
    Shaun Gregory, ‘France and the war on terrorism’, Terrorism and Political Violence 15:1 (Spring 2003), 124.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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