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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."