When the United States and its allies invaded Iraq in early 2003, France famously objected—and refused to join the coalition occupying force.
Paris’ objection to the war provoked U.S. Congressman Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, to sponsor a bill requiring the capitol cafeteria to rename french fries as “freedom fries.”
But France only opposed the 2003 Iraq war because, well, it had nothing to do with Islamic militancy and only further destabilized the region, resulting in more terrorism.
In fact, Paris has deployed forces across the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa for years—alone and in coalitions—in an escalating global campaign targeting radical Islamists.