France passed a law focused on the Armenian genocide, deliberately antagonizing Turkey. Among Turkey's responses: denying France overflight rights for planes serving the Afghan mission as well as access to its waters. This reminds me of Rumsfeld since he sought to block all cooperation with the French military after Chirac opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He sought to turn off all military to military interchanges/exchanges, but the US uniformed folks pushed back a bit, making Rummy realize that the French actually were very helpful in Africa. That the US is using a base in the former French colony of Djibouti (the recent SEAL rescue) is just a bit of evidence of the reliance the US has on France in building bridges in places the US has had little experience.
Anyhow, I was just struck by the Turkeys rummy-ing France. Does xenophobia explain France's positions on Turkey or is there something else going on?