An eminent French authority on security issues argues for new European initiatives in the face of the "danger represented by Soviet military power deployed in support of an imperialistic ideology." His proposals, including the strengthening of conventional forces without abandoning the option of the first use of nuclear weapons, are meant to give substance to President Mitterrand's declaration in 1983: "The European nations now need to realize that their defense is also their responsibility. . . ." A part of the increasingly important debate in France over defense policy in Europe.