Much as I hate to agree with Con Coughlin, he\’s right here.
For the thing is, we\’ve got different military interests.
The French are still deeply involved in the remnants of their African Empire. We are still deeply involved in the defence matters of some of our own Empire remnants. The two interests are rather incompatible.
Sorry, but thinking that the only thing our military should be doing is defending either Britain of France is grossly simplistic. Think of the Sierra Leone and Liberia interventions…..now imagine that we\’re actually looking at one of the Francophone West African states. It\’s entirely possible to believe that we would be on opposite sides in such an intervention…..the French, for example, were hardly on the side of the angels in Rwanda now, were they?