France is urging the European Union to seize influence on the Arctic Council, the organization that brings together the eight nations with sovereign territory in the resource-rich Arctic region.
By M.E. Synon
However, Russia, which along with the United States and Canada dominates the council, is unlikely to tolerate any attempt by France or the EU to extend their bureaucratic reach over joint projects by the eight.
Earlier this month the French Senate reviewed a report outlining the stakes for France if it can gain influence in the Arctic, and indicating how France can spearhead an EU effort to gain control inside the Arctic Circle.