The French-British Defense Treaty: Setting History Aside?

January 15, 2011

On 2 November 2010, France and Britain signed a defense treaty—the “Declaration on Defence and Security Co-operation”—that may pave the way to a new level of cooperation surpassing anything previously achieved between the two countries on a bilateral basis. The agreement included the creation of a joint expeditionary force, shared use of aircraft carriers and close cooperation on nuclear weapons.