While citizens all over the Arab world struggled in order to topple their oppressive regimes, foreign governments remained somewhat skeptical on which side to intervene on. This hesitation can be extracted from both the case of Tunisia and in Egypt in which most foreign governments at the beginning of the riots sided up with the authoritarian regimes and then later on changed their policies in order to side up with the oppressed citizens. This paper will therefore analyze this phenomenon in which foreign government supported these authoritarian regimes instead of promoting human rights and democracy by looking at the case of France more precisely. France is a compelling case because it portrays a country that sided with autocrats for personal interests, with little attention being paid to establishing democracy and human rights.
It was only after Mubarak was toppled that France realized that it was bound to make a turn in its policy in order to position itself as being a protector of the civilians. This paper will therefore analyze the factors that would lead a country like France to side up with oppressive leaders and why France was inclined to change its stance concerning the Arab Spring when it realized that the leaders were in fact going to be toppled.
[...] Foreign governments and the Arab spring: Case study France Abstract While citizens all over the Arab world struggled in order to topple their oppressive regimes, foreign governments remained somewhat skeptical on which side to intervene on. This hesitation can be extracted from both the case of Tunisia and in Egypt in which most foreign governments at the beginning of the riots sided up with the authoritarian regimes and then later on changed their policies in order to side up with the oppressed citizens. [...]
[...] This following 1995 when Tunisia signed an association agreement with the EU and France. The shift of French foreign policy that we discussed concerning Tunisia and Egypt was also prevalent in Libya in which Sarkozy shifted his support for Qadhafi towards a firm backing of the rebels. Mikail tells us that this shift was very important in the sense that Sarkozy became the first foreign head of state to recognize the Transitional National Council (TNC) as the legitimate governing authority of Libya. [...]
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