A Pew Research Center survey about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) released recently showed that the alliance’s favorability rating has fallen in both the United States and France. The Pew organization itself characterized NATO members’ views optimistically, stating, “NATO is generally seen in a positive light across publics within the alliance.” However, a Reuters report about the survey noted, “NATO’s public image in the United States and France worsened sharply last year.”
As that rail and subway strike continued to paralyze travel in Paris and across France into the third week, President Emmanuel Macron made a Christmas appeal to his dissatisfied countrymen: "Strike action is justifiable and protected by the constitution, but I think there are moments in a nation's life when it is good to observe a truce out of respect for families and family life." Macron's appeal has gone largely unheeded.
With France dodging another bullet and intelligence agencies foiling a 9/11-style plot, the nation’s interior minister admits that “60 attacks have been foiled since 2013 and every week people are arrested.” It’s yet another reminder why his predecessor warned that within five years France could face an “irreversible” situation that leads to the country’s break-up.