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Back in 2001, France floated a proposal that the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (P5) should voluntarily refrain from using their veto power when dealing with mass-atrocity crimes.

And now, in the lead-up to the commemoration of this year’s 70th anniversary of the U.N., French President Francois Hollande’s government is actively pursuing the idea again. Could such an arrangement really work?

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