While campaigning for the French presidency in 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy argued that he was offering the country a "rupture" with its old ways. Four years later, it's clear that he meant it -- nowhere more so than in the realm of foreign policy. Sarkozy has replaced France's traditional adherence to solemn grandeur with his own trademark hyperkinetic style of crisis management. His intention may have been to restore France to its position at the center of the international stage, but more often than not, Sarkozy has made his government and his country an object of international consternation.
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