Interview with Francis Gutmann (Paris, 10 September 2014) — Excerpt: Disagreements between France and the United States on the role of NATO and on the French nuclear deterrent force

In this interview excerpt, Francis Gutmann, an official in the French Foreign Ministry from 1951 to 1957 and Secretary-General of the External Relations Ministry from 1981 to 1985, stresses that France’s withdrawal from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) did not represent a true breakdown in relations, since the Ailleret-Lemnitzer agreements concluded on 22 August 1967 laid down new arrangements for France’s cooperation with NATO forces. But the Ambassador mentions the deep-seated disagreements between France and the United States with regard to NATO’s missions and scope of action. He also emphasises France’s determination to keep control of its own nuclear deterrent force, particularly in international disarmament agreements such as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) signed in 1968 and the SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) I and II agreements signed in 1972 and 1979.

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Source: Interview de Francis Gutmann / FRANCIS GUTMANN, Véronica Martins, prise de vue : Alexandre Germain.- Paris: CVCE [Prod.], 10.09.2014. CVCE, Sanem. - VIDEO (00:05:29, Couleur, Son original).

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