It looks like for all the bluster of Chirac and the French government about the need for international cooperation they aren’t willing to follow their own advice:
Britain has concluded that its three-nation alliance with France and Germany is in effect over after a series of rows between Tony Blair and the French President, Jacques Chirac.
Ministers believe President Chirac has become impossible to work with, and one government source described him as a "rogue elephant". The strategy of "trilateralism" has now given way to limited ad hoc co-operation on specific issues.
Asked if the three-way approach was dead, one Blair aide replied, "yes". The Prime Minister’s change of tack emerged as he accused France and Germany of watering down moves to ensure stability in Iraq and Afghanistan and warned that this week’s Nato summit had not faced up to the threat of global terrorism.
What truly disgusts me is that the French have patently refused to send a NATO rapid-response team to Afghanistan despite the fact that Hamid Karzai has pleaded for NATO to send more troops to safeguard the upcoming elections there. Chirac’s position is completely untenable — and the only way it can be explained is that Chirac thinks it perfectly acceptable to harm the Afghan people to thumb his nose at the United States.
Chirac is politically vulnerable and increasingly isolated, and his policies are no longer driven by anything other than a kneejerk anti-Americanism. Chirac’s arrogance will soon be his downfall as even his European allies tire of his incessant moralizing and unbounded arrogance.