Is France going to depart from the position adopted by General de Gaulle in 1996? It is the last country in the Union that is able to resist, even oppose, the US line, but not as a matter of principle: often it represents an alternative view. Full integration into NATO implies subordination to a foreign power whose interests are on occasion not at all the same as Europe’s. The EU is a power, but one that lacks determination and self-confidence. Yet the world needs the pole that it is its vocation to become.