The Pol/Mil Interface and War: the French at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century

Jean-Louis Georgelin

in The Oxford Handbook of War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199562930
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 The Pol/Mil Interface and War: the French at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century

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This article reflects the thoughts of a practitioner who has successively held the positions of Chief of Staff of the President of the French Republic and of French Chief of the Defence Staff. This is the testimony of a military commander who is the product of his time and who knows that what was taken for granted yesterday may not be today, and that what we often tend to regard as inviolable truths will surely not stand the test of time. It would be risky to try to give a universal dimension to the organization and mechanisms of the politico-military relationship that the article describes because they are intimately related to the history of France. The style of the politico-military relationship results from the events that have marked the existence of each country. In France and since the end of the Second World War, two events have influenced the French relationship in its definition, its organization, and its operations: the trauma of the summer of 1940 defeat and the war in Algeria.

Keywords: politico-military relationship; military commander; French history; Second World War; military defeat

Article.  6959 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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