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In friendlier times: Sarkozy hosts Libya’s Brother Leader in Paris, 2007

In March, even when it seemed that the rebels in Libya would succeed in overcoming Gaddafi’s loyalists on their own, President Nicolas Sarkozy was moving heaven and earth to persuade the UN and EU to allow French military intervention. The more bellicose he became, the more his countrymen revelled. Yet in 2003, France had distinguished itself at the UN by eloquently refusing to join the coalition to invade Iraq—a stance that proved popular at the time both inside and outside of France. Why has Sarkozy turned that on…

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