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Paris-Berlin-Moscow by Henri de Grossouvre

Paris-Berlin-Moscow is a book published in the early 2000s. It builds upon Jean-Pierre Chevènement proposal to build a geostrategic axis linking France, Germany and Russia. At the time, Henri de Grossouvre had published an article taking that idea and developing it, proposing the Paris-Berlin-Moscow axis. It was after the publication of that article that Jean-Pierre Chevènement presidential campaign team reached out to Mr. De Grossouvre and this led to the project of a brief on the project of that axis, and then, to the book.

The idea of the book was to underline the specific strategic positions that France, Germany and Russia were enjoying. France, continental Europe, having its ground in both Southern and Northern Europe, and in addition being close to Germany as well as the Mediterranean. Germany, being at the centre of Europe, and having its feet both in Western and Eastern Europe, with a historical link to Russia. And finally, Russia, has a specific position in Europe, as well as having grounds in the Pacific Ocean, and strong links with important developing countries (BRICS, and parts of Asia).

The second idea was to underline the fact that European states were no longer subject of international relations but rather became objects. Furthermore, the idea was that these three important countries, with their specific influence, should not be playing by themselves but rather allying their forces.

The thinking behind this was to provide a counterbalance to the US hegemony which was strong at the time. France, as in the past or today, was an ally of the United States, but still had to push for its own interests, with its geostrategic position and geographical ties (such as with Germany). The idea of Henri de Grossouvre is a basic realist idea that regarding international politics matters, it is always better to be sovereign force capacity than having to outsource your defence (such as it could be the case with the US).

The book was prefaced by the General Gallois, former special diplomacy advisor to De Gaulle, who is the person known to have convinced President De Gaulle that it was central for France to develop a nuclear capacity. Gallois theorized the French theory of nuclear deterrence.

Unfortunately, the book was neither translated in German, nor in Russian. However, it was quickly translated in Italian and in Serbian some years later. Following the publishing of this book, an organization promoting the project of the axis was developed. The organization was reactivated two years ago, specifically thanks to the impulse of Richard Kittaef, who used to be an executive of French conservative party youth. The organization gathers representatives from both the left and the right, as well as experts and civil servants. The idea is roughly that ties with Russia should be kept and that Russia is better kept in diplomatic talks than out. The organization regularly hosts lectures and discussion about greater Europe international politics.

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