Climate deal a diplomatic coup for France

French President Francois Hollande (R) shakes hands with UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon next to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) on December 12, 2015A 195-nation wrangle that ended Saturday with a historic Paris pact to curb global warming had to be the anti-Copenhagen: as flawlessly organised as the 2009 summit was chaotic, as much a success as the other was a traumatising blow for climate diplomacy. By nearly any measure and all accounts, France pulled it off. From the gourmet tofu sandwiches to the subtle handling of negotiations compared by one analyst to a 12-dimensional Rubik’s Cube, the French hosts of the UN climate conference have been showered with praise.

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