Could France Invoke NATO’s Article 5?

international affairsArticle 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty stipulates that if an ally is attacked, the other signed parties must consider it an attack against itself. Article 5 has only been invoked once, after the September 11 attacks. Now many question whether France will invoke the article after a terrorist attack on Friday.

An Article 5 invocation would come after a summit as required by Article 4. Regarding the similarity to 9/11, Admiral James Stavridis told NPR that “I do [think that], and I think the French very much do. Any nation of the 28 in NATO has the authority to request an Article 4 consultation, which leads to an Article 5 declaration. I think France will do that.”

French President Francois Hollande referred to the attack as an “act of war” and has started airstrikes against ISIS targets. Article 5 invocation would cause the other allies to join the fight against ISIS and strike back.

In America, two presidential candidates called on Article 5 to be invoked. Governor John Kasich (R) and Senator Marco Rubio (R) both advocated for its use.

TKNN reached out to the French government for comment, but there was no response at publication.

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Tyler is the chief media reporter for TKNN, with the news organization since its founding in November of 2010. He has previously served as chief political reporter and chief political anchor for TKNN.

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