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While President Hollande proclaims La Republique will endure a thousand years, Mr Cameron finds himself shuttling off to Paris to offer his support even as buy canada goose jacket his whips frantically lobby Parliament for permission to offer more in Syria than just warm words.

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Even when France is getting up American noses, as it did when publicly checking Washington over last year Iran nuclear talks, it does not escape US notice that France still behaves like a power that believes it can makes a difference.

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The last time Mr Cameron tried to back action in Syria the British parliament famously fumbled the ball, producing the most confused episode of Barack Obama presidency as the US failed to enforce its own lines over chemical weapons. The French stood ready to act.

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None of this even touches on Britain’s unnecessarily clumsy embrace China which appalled Washington and left one senior US government team actively holding China strategy sessions in which the UK was no longer to uk canada goose be depended to share US values and objectives.

Mr Cameron plainly feels canada goose uk shop much of this and is rushing visibly to rectify many of his own mistakes. This week SDSR is canada goose coats a start, a vote for military action in Syria is a must, as is a successful EU renegotiation and a quick referendum that returns Britain to a constructive role in Europe.

But is a relative term here the EU referendum is very likely a year away and Britain will not have a carrier to sail alongside De Gaulle until 2020.

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