avriettea: There is a big difference between a State and its citizens. I never was a supporter of Chirac or of de Villepin and I agree with you that re-starting the nuke testing for the 50th birthday of Hiroshima was outrageous (even though they weren't made above ground). OTOH, I will not follow you in the pointless debate of a country being or not relevant to the world (if this sentence can bear any meaning).
We are all citizens of the same planet. We only have one world.