Commentary: Paris May Not Toast Schroder For Long

Within 72 hours of Germany's elections, Chancellor-elect Gerhard Schroder lunched in Paris with French President Jacques Chirac. The Sept. 30 meeting in the Elysee Palace was Schroder's first postelection tete-a-tete with a foreign leader. The two men vowed to energize the once tight-knit Franco-German political and economic alliance, a cornerstone of the European Union. Schroder, 54, wanted to reassure Chirac that a more powerful Germany--run by a post-World War II generation--won't ditch the tandem.

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