- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - France wants back into NATO’s decision-making command and President Barack Obama says that’s a good thing.

It was in 1966 when French President Charles de Gaulle abruptly pulled his country from the NATO command and evicted all allied troops and bases, including its military headquarters, from his country. That was an effort to assert sovereignty over France’s own territory.

But now French President Nicolas Sarkozy (sahr-koh-ZEE’) has submitted a formal request to rejoin the NATO command structure. France has remained a NATO member, but has stayed outside the decision-making core.

Obama said in a statement Saturday that he welcomes Sarkozy’s decision to full bring France back into the alliance. It’s seen as another move repairing the sometimes rocky relations that America had with Europe during the Bush administration.



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