France was unusually assertive when describing its new Middle East policy at the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain last week. French Minister of Defense Florence Parly said France would protect the oppressed militarily if necessary, and affirmed that engaging all actors, including Iran, was central to realizing its vision of peace. This forthright stance opens new opportunities for Gulf countries, but it may also require some tough choices.
France to Gulf countries: Macronian Multilateralism or Anglo-American alliance
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, flanked by French Defense Minister Florence Parly, delivers a speech in Paris on July 13, 2018. (File photo: AP)
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