German Economic News Infers France Will Re-Align with Russia, Abandon U.S.

Eric Zuesse

U.S. President Barack Obama’s continuing refusal to work together with Vladimir Putin’s offensive in Syria to slaughter all jihadists there, has driven French President Francois Hollande to consider a fundamental re-alignment of France with Russia and away from the U.S. and NATO (the anti-Russian military club of nations). Recent news reporting in German Economic News — a news medium with an uncanny and extraordinary record of subsequently validated insights — is now suggesting that Hollande is, indeed, moving away from the United States, and toward Russia. If they get this one right, too, then that publication, known in its native language as Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, or DWN, will have cemented its leading position as a reporter of global affairs.

On November 17th, they bannered, “Putin Instructs Russian Navy to Treat France as an Ally.” Two days later, on the 19th, they headlined, “France Praises Putin: He Fights Sincerely Against Terrorism,” and reported that France’s “Foreign Minister Fabius praised the Russian president Putin. Francois Hollande meets with Putin.The Senate spokeswoman calls for the end of the sanctions. After the terrorist attacks, the two countries also cooperate militarily.” 

If all of these things are true, then how can France remain within NATO? The only certainty can be that if France does abandon NATO, then the post-Cold-War world, in which the United States has expanded NATO up to Russia’s borders though the Soviet Union’s equivalent Warsaw Pact disbanded when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev allowed the Berlin Wall to fall (the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact both actually ended in 1991), is now ending, on account of America’s unwavering commitment to place nuclear missiles on Russia’s borders aimed against Moscow.

Quite possibly, history-making changes are soon to occur. 

DWN’s report on the 19th says “Angela Merkel limits her support of France in the fight against jihadists to merely platitudes. ‘Our thoughts are always with the victims, with the injured and their families, and we are always working closely with our French friends. … This act of inhumanity targets all of us.’” 

No one can doubt the tensions that exist between member-nations within the EU, but the possibility that France might go so far as to separate itself from Germany and from the U.S. and join the alliance of Russia, Syria, and Iran, against the international jihadist movement, which is strictly Sunni and is financed mainly by the royal families in Saudi Arabia, Qater, UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait (and here you have “Al Qaeda’s Bookkeeper Spills the Beans” about that), is virtually unprecented, and of enormous potential significance. Only time will tell whether that possibility will turn into a reality — an actual transformation of the global power-structure.

One thing, however, is for certain: the French government know that U.S. President Obama has been lying to assert that Bashar al-Assad is the reason why there are terrorists in Syria. The only question now is whether Hollande will continue publicly supporting Obama’s — America’s — lies. If not, then that will be the end of the Franco-American alliance, which goes all the way back to the founding of American democracy, but might no longer be able to sustain America’s having become recently a dictatorship.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • Lobcock

    The closing sentence claim America is a dictatorship. True? Except for self-funded black ops, the executive depends on congressional funding, which in turn is paid for by present and future taxpayers. Candidates are vetted and those counter the present oligarchy are put down. Thus, two branches of government, and probably the judiciary, are compromised. The separation of powers doctrine has been bought off. The antidote begins with an individual person deciding to make a difference. Bernie Sanders did. So can we, even though the three historical parts of society — the mountain independents, the rural landowners and their workers, and the urban merchants and city dwellers — appear to have been compromised by Mockingbird, moved off by Cargill, and bought off by the president — with the support of Congress. So calling America a dictatorship is just like maintaining the fiction that we live in a democracy. Federalist 10 makes clear we live in a republic, and republics are usually run by oligarchies, with occasional tyrants. A tyrant or dictator generally acts against the oligarchy, and often in favor of the worker. The present leader works in favor of the oligarchs, and buys off the workers with welfare, to be paid by a dwindling number of productive workers until bankruptcy wipes out all but the secured creditors, many of whom reside in European financial centers.

    So the oligarchs in France want to keep selling weapons to Russia? What’s the big deal? Even with a world government, there must always be war and terror. Either that, or France is being targeted for Vichy control by bigger oligarchs with greater power.

    It is surprising the Greeks lack a leader like Solon, who was enable to enact and enforce debt relief. Other leaders subsequently did the same thing. Just search a pdf of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives for usury and debt. Put the criminal bank leaders in charge reform, as a carrot, with the stick being prison. Now that’s a plank Bernie Sanders could use.

    • cettel

      You open “The closing sentence claim[s] America is a dictatorship. True?” Then you display that you failed even to click onto the link at that place in the text.

      What use is it to have ‘readers’ such as this, who doubt an assertion and then don’t so much as click onto the link that brings a reader directly to the author’s documentation, for any reader who doubts the given allegation?

      No use at all.

      Sometimes human stupidity is so profound that it shocks me.

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  • Osito Bongo

    Yuan, the next reserve currency
    Guns, ammo, gold or silver won’t do any good for those who believe that they will be able to manage the impeding economic chaos coming to America, and challenging the Sovereign -the Federal government- will be the less desirable thing to do under these extreme circumstances (unfortunately, hundreds of thousands will foolishly perish as a result of their stupidity, ignorance and gullibility).

    Once China’s Yuan becomes a reserve currency (official announcement to be made this coming Monday, November 30th, 2015) anything will be the same in the US as you know it. As a result of this event, ordinary Americans will finally learn the meaning of living within their means (a painful but needed lesson for most of the populace).

    Wondering why this blog which supposedly is “well informed” on this issue does not upload a video or make an article about this sensitive topic…apparently, GW is just following the same script as mainstream media while keeping you entertained and distracted with already known (and boring) stuff related to ISIS.

  • slorter

    France might have been playing silly little games as well that have backfired!

  • Brisa25

    The worm has turned…..France’s decision to bow to DC and void the two Mistrial air assault ship contract is regrettable.

  • mulga mumblebrain

    I doubt it. French politics is run by the local Jewish Lobby, the CRIF, and they would only tolerate a move away from the USA if Israel was abandoning its greatest prize-the USA. Nothing’s impossible, but some things are highly improbable.

  • Minor quibble: The listener infers, the speaker implies.

    GEN is implying the realignment, not inferring it.

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  • wunsacon

    Acting through the EMU, the empire might keep France in line, just as it appears to have done to Greece.

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  • Sarastro92

    This is an important observation by Eric. The Putin-led coalition is doing the actual fighting in Syria against ISIS. There is an excellent chance that if the main supply lines from Turkey are cut that ISIS in Syria will collapse. To some extent it already is. If the French join the Coalition it will be a major shift— and push others to follow along.

    However, it’s likely likely the French will pay a stiff price for such insolence.

  • Gonzogal

    Not to be forgotten…President Charles de Gaulle infuriated the United States when he suddenly pulled France out of NATO’s military command in 1966, arguing he had to preserve French independence in world affairs. He also kicked NATO’s head office out of Paris, which is why it since has been based in Brussels.

    Forty-three years later, President Nicolas Sarkozy announced France has decided to return as a full-fledged member of the 26-nation military pact, the North Atlantic Alliance, which came together under U.S. leadership at the start of the Cold War in 1949 and has served as the basis for U.S.-European security relations since.

    Casting aside Gaullist dogma long cherished in France, Sarkozy declared that rejoining the U.S.-led integrated command in Brussels will not diminish the independence of France’s nuclear-equipped military and, on the contrary, will open the way for more French influence in deciding what NATO’s new missions should be after the Cold War.

    There is no reason why they cannot do that again.

  • Hatuxka

    One view of France’s response to the Paris attacks is that Hollande is pulling a sort of french GW Bush/Iraq thing, escalating France’s military involvement in Syria despite the attacks being attributed to their own and other EU citizens. This response when tightening security within and on its borders would be more effective than sending more planes and a carrier to Syria in addition to French land-based planes in the area, especially since Russia is and will for the remainder of this effort be doing the overwhelming bulk of the work vs Daech. Hollande and Fabius are hiding their complicity in creating what Syria became before Russia got involved in taking out Daech Putin is pulling another PR coup by welcoming Hollande and Fabius to the for-real fight against ISIS, despite that their contribution will be effectively negligible. Beware Mossad supplying Daech with anti-ship missiles to attack the anachronistic sitting-duck that is an aircraft carrier.

  • mia

    I sure hope so! All of NATO needs to leave the US and stop allowing the warmongering corporate elites that are the oligarchy of the US to dictate foreign policy to the rest of us. We need, sane, intelligent, diplomatic relationships with Russia . This wRmongering bully that is the US needs to be stopped, as they are pushing us toward a WW3.