"French warplanes taking off from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier may not remake the Middle East, but are already reshaping Europe’s balance of power after years of German economic dominance," the article read.
The author gave some examples to prove the fact that Paris is challenging Germany’s dominance. France was never comfortable with Germany’s low-deficit requirements and finally it has cast them off. Announcing an increase in French military spending after the Paris attacks, President Francois Hollande said: "In these circumstances, the security pact is more important than the stability pact." The rest of Europe, including Germany, had no choice but to agree with this.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron, not German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was the first person Hollande spoke with about his plans to battle the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group, the author wrote.
Germany has undisputed economic power, but it is unable to maintain security in Europe in a short-term perspective, Daniel Fiott, a researcher at the Institute for European Studies, was quoted as saying in the article.
"There is a bit of a balance of power emerging there," he added.
The author underscored that Hollande’s visit to Moscow this week "spurred concern" in Europe that France will break from the EU consensus on sanctions against Russia.
It is likely that French and German interests over a possible alliance with Russia will diverge, Willem Oosterveld, an analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, said.
According to him, many Eastern European countries will not be happy if the EU eases its policy toward Russia. As for protecting their strategic interests, they count on Germany.
Earlier, a columnist for Foreign Policy wrote an article about France possibly challenging Germany’s leadership in Europe. According to him, Paris demonstrated that France was never happy with taking a backseat after Germany in the EU. The crisis of the German model of reigning Europe would fuel the struggle for power in the region.