The French parliament voted Tuesday in favor of rejoining NATO's
military command more than 40 years after France pulled out complaining
of U.S. dominance.
The measure was at the center of a
no-confidence vote in President Nicolas Sarkozy's government. A total of 329
lawmakers voted to back the president and his foreign policy while 238
Before the vote, Prime Minister Francois Fillon
told parliament that France's return to NATO's military command is "an
adjustment" that will give the country greater influence within NATO.
He said the NATO of 2009 is not the same organization as it was in 1966.
Opponents argued that full NATO participation will compromise French independence from U.S. influence.
French President Charles de Gaulle quit the command structure in 1966,
saying France was losing its military independence to the United States.
French law, Mr. Sarkozy could authorize NATO reintegration without
parliamentary approval. But proponents say the confidence vote adds to
the legitimacy of the move.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.