Dan O’Brien: It’s make or break for France to now become the first among equals in Europe
With Britain damaged by Brexit and Germany undermined by missteps on Russia, France has a golden opportunity to lead Europe. But will it take it?
Few countries have influenced the world as France has. In science, political thought, the arts, food and language, its contributions over the centuries have been enormous. As one of the world’s oldest states, and having been one of Europe’s big powers for a millennium, it has done more to shape our continent than any other country.
If that raises some readers’ eyebrows, it may be because a certain Francophobia within much of the English-speaking world ...