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France and Conventional Defense in Central Europe
France and Conventional Defense in Central Europe
By David S. Yost
Westview Press, 1985, 132 pp.

The usual focus on France's nuclear weapons has often served to divert attention from her conventional force posture. David Yost, in this tightly reasoned and documented book, has therefore performed an important service in clearly analyzing France's non-nuclear situation. Although certainly capable of making a more important contribution in central Europe, France, thinks Yost, is not likely to do so because improving conventional forces is viewed as harmful to the credibility of nuclear deterrence. He does an admirable job in pointing out the ambiguities in the French policy of "sanctuarization" and in his analysis of the new "Force d'Action Rapide."