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France, the Soviet Union and the Nuclear Weapons Issue

France, the Soviet Union and the Nuclear Weapons Issue

By Robbin F. Laird

Westview Press, 1985, 142 pp.

The modernization and growth of France's nuclear forces are creating problems for the Soviet Union, and, the author contends, also for France in the context of the Atlantic alliance. In this short, timely book, Laird argues that the enhanced significance of French forces to the U.S.S.R., the expansion of Soviet nuclear forces in Europe, and the increased importance of West Germany to French security will make it impossible to continue limiting French nuclear interests to the defense of its national territory through a policy of "sanctuarization."