DEFENCE – FRANCE & EUROPEAN ARMY – 13 December 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: What representations he has received from his French counterparts regarding European defence co-operation?

[SUPPLEMENTARY:] Despite their many other virtues, have not our French allies for more than 40 years weakened the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation by staying outside its integrated military structure? Has not their main reason for that been pride, and resentment of America's role in defending Europe? By playing dangerous games with the formation of a Euro-army, are not the Labour Government undermining the prospects for our future conventional defence, just as they tried to undermine our prospects for successful nuclear deterrence in the 1980s?