Is France the most influential nation at the United Nations today? To anybody who doesn’t follow events at the U.N. closely, this may sound silly given the power and influence of the U.S., Russia and China. However, France, often but not always working in tandem with Britain, has played a decisive role in a series of U.N. debates over the past few years, sometimes even outmaneuvering the Americans.

The Continentalist: France Raises Its U.N. Profile -- for Now

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Editor's note: Richard Gowan will be writing the Continentalist column for the month of December.

Is France the most influential nation at the United Nations today? To anybody who doesn’t follow events at the U.N. closely, this may sound silly. The United States still has more political and financial clout than any other member of the organization, even if it has to endure frequent criticism from poorer countries. Russia has used its status as a permanent member of the Security Council as a blunt instrument to protect Syria from U.N. sanctions for more than a year. China has become an assertive player in New York, often taking a low profile but using its influence to help friends such as Iran and North Korea. ...

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