In recent months, France has been playing a central role in the international military intervention against Colonel Gaddafi in Libya.
France wants Europe to be a major player on the global stage but just how realistic is that when the European Union is mired in debt, deeply divided and facing an existential crisis?
France's Foreign Minister, Alain Juppe, says the EU will not fail and if anything will grow stronger because of the economic crisis it is currently facing.
The full interview will be broadcast on BBC World News on Thursday 23 June 2011 at 0330, 0830, 1530 and 2030 GMT and on BBC News Channel on Friday 24 June at 0030 and 0430 BST.
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