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The Cold War and AfterHistory, Theory, and the Logic of International Politics$
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Marc Trachtenberg

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152028

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152028.001.0001

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The French Factor in U.S. Foreign Policy during the Nixon-Pompidou Period

The French Factor in U.S. Foreign Policy during the Nixon-Pompidou Period

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(p.183) Chapter Seven The French Factor in U.S. Foreign Policy during the Nixon-Pompidou Period
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The Cold War and After
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Marc Trachtenberg

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152028.003.0007

This chapter discusses relations between France and the United States under the Nixon administration. When Nixon took office as president in early 1969, he and his national security advisor Henry Kissinger wanted to put America's relationship with France on an entirely new footing. Relations between the two countries in the 1960s, and especially from early 1963 on, had been far from ideal. Nixon and Kissinger tried to develop a close relationship with the Pompidou government and in the early Nixon–Pompidou period the two governments were on very good terms. Both governments were also interested in developing a certain relationship in the nuclear area. However, by 1973 relations between the two countries took a sharp turn for the worse. The chapter considers what went wrong and why the attempt to develop a close relationship failed.

Keywords:   France, United States, foreign relations, foreign policy, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger

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