France and South Africa
The ambivalence of France’s policies towards South Africa stems from the contradiction between moral antipathy to apartheid, which calls for its condemnation and demise, and a consideration of national interests. Franco-South African relations have largely been a product of this basic conflict, deriving from the complexity of domestic and international concerns predominating at any particular period. This is not to say that South Africa has remained passive in the international arena, but her status as a minor power has forced her to adopt a defensive and reactive stance, allowing France to do more of the dictating — although not as much as one might suspect of a power of her magnitude. France’s restraint in bringing pressure to bear on the South African government is testimony to the latter’s relative success in allying France’s interests to her own, especially during the period of privileged relations that prevailed from 1963 to 1977.
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