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JAN 17, 2013 - The Economist

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Charlemagne: Europe in a foreign field

WHEN young men go to war resentment turns against those shirking danger. In Iraq the Americans denounced the French as cheese-eating surrender monkeys. In the intervention in Mali, French politicians are dismayed by the absence of allies, especially Europeans, in the fight against jihadists.The French conservative opposition leader, Jean-François Copé, was among those complaining that “for now, our country is alone at the front.” Plantu, cartoonist for Le Monde, had President François Hollande as Tintin riding into battle, with the European Union depicted as the comically inept policemen, ... Read More

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