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Saturday, Aug 12, 2006, 9:02 am

Les Architectes du Cessez-le-Feu

By Brian Zick

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Steve Clemons reports on France's diplomatic finesse.
In the end, the French maneuvered American agreement on the ceasefire and Israel's troop withdrawals -- and left Israel diplomatically cornered.

If John Bolton wants to take credit for any of this, let him -- but it was the French all the way.

The situation is still incredibly fragile -- but what the French did to outrun and outmaneuver Americans and Israelis who could not set the pace or terms of an endgame was needed and impressive.
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