NATO chief meets President Sarkozy

NATO chief meets President Sarkozy

12 Feb. 2009 NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer went to Paris, France, on 12 February to meet with President Nicolas Sarkozy and discuss preparations for the upcoming Strasbourg/Kehl Summit.

Prior to the meeting, the Secretary General spoke at the French National Assembly during a joint public session by the Foreign Affairs and National Defence Committees.

Mr. De Hoop Scheffer noted that “NATO today is no longer the NATO of 1966”, when President Charles de Gaulle withdrew France from the Alliance’s military command, and described how much the Alliance had transformed since then.

“NATO’s missions have changed; it has also reformed its structures accordingly”, said the Secretary General, adding that “a renovated Alliance needs France, and that a France who had completely reintegrated with NATO structures would have everything to gain”.