What You Need to Know About Playing France

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-Before playing France in the Arab-Israeli conflict, you will need to understand that France has always been involved in the region. It was once a colonial power in both Lebanon and Syria and had always had strong influence and presence in the area.

-France has a large number of both Arab immigrants from North Africa and “Arab-Jews” who immigrated from Arab countries and territories after the establishment of Israel. Hence, the Arab-Israeli conflict is important in French politics and something that cannot be ignored by French politicians.

-You also need to know that during the 1950’s and early 1960’s, France was Israel's closest ally. After the 1967 war, however, France began to use its veto power to oppose Israel in the UN, and has sided with the Arab states on almost all issues brought to this international body. Many believe that this change in policy is due to the fact that the French, by siding with the Arabs in order to counterbalance the Americans in the region, were hoping to regain their previous influence in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

- While playing France, remember that many French people feel guilty for not helping the Jews during the Holocaust, and for the assistance provided the Nazis by the Vichy government. Therefore, French people are very sensitive to the accusation of anti-Semitism. On the other hand, in your attempts to be a major player in world affairs, your political affiliation with the Arabs has always led to your being accused of being anti-Semitic.

-Always keep in mind that the French have veto power in the United Nations and, therefore, any agreement reached by France and another member holding veto power (US, Russia, China, Britain) is more likely to pass in the UN since it is less likely to be vetoed by other members fearing future costs. Therefore, although France may not be as powerful as the United States in the international arena, its veto power gives it enormous capacity to pass resolutions at the United Nations.

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