There has been much talk recently of a return to the balance of great power interests and spheres of influence. President Trump’s transactional foreign policy is an epitome of this return to two centuries old doctrines and the paradigm of interests before principles.   President Macron has joined and suggested a restart of the geostrategic partnership with Russia, to balance off China and the US, calling for dropping sanctions and a return to business as usual. The French President seems not only to be seeking to lead post-Brexit EU but also to step in the shoes of his great predecessors De Gaulle and Napolean. He has managed to veto opening up accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia, disregarding prevailing EU common ground.   Paris is engaging in the