Letter: In France's interests

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The Independent Online
Sir: Jonathan Eyal in his attack on French policy ('France freezes as Europe melts', 3 December) accuses Mr Mitterrand of holding a series of unattractive views which he then proceeds to ridicule. It is less amusing, but more realistic, to argue that under Mr Mitterrand, as indeed under his predecessor, France has worked hard to construct a more cohesive and effective European Community.

This policy is no doubt in France's national interests. But that does not make it reprehensible. A dynamic European Community may indeed be in the national interests of Germany and Britain as well.

MARTIN DONNELLY

Brussels

4 December

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