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Exclusive: France resists more joint funding of ‘brain dead’ NATO

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By Robin Emmott, Sabine Siebold and Tangi Salaün BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – A $20 billion plan to give NATO more flexibility in facing military threats, climate change and China’s rise has hit firm resistance from France, which fears the move could undermine its defence priorities, four diplomats and a French defence source said. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg proposed in February that allies put more money directly into existing, albeit small common budgets, rather than rely on the current system that each government pays for its own military operations. That was a response to long-s…

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