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With the memory of its military role in Iraq fading, France faces an uncomfortable domestic agenda while it seeks to cope with new factors abroad. At home, President Mitterrand, looking further to make his mark on history as he serves out the remaining four years of his term, must deal with political malaise, a lagging economy, and stalled social policy reforms. In foreign affairs, moving away from Gaullism and an independent security policy, France sees its future as part of the European Community (EC). Moreover, it perceives French and German thinking to be following similar lines with regard to future European defense centered around the EC. Relations with the United States appear good at the presidential level. Much will depend on whether the French see the U.S. role in Europe as threatening or supportive.

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