However, the major change started with French President Nicolas Sarkozy who in May 2008 abandoned the policy of his predecessor, Jacques Chirac, and sought to court Syria and bring it back into the French fold
Joining the French fold
might not automatically end Mayo-tte's economic problems.
The inconsistent Skrela has been brought back into the French fold
after only featuring against Ireland so far in the championship and has replaced Francois Trinh-Duc.
Zidane is back in the French fold
after quitting Les Bleus following their disappointing Euro 2004 campaign.
That was the government policy of the time, designed to bring the lost province back into the French fold
, with the slogan: "Il est chic de parler francais" (It's cool to speak French).
The former World Player of the Year awoke from his stupor to find a voice - believed to have emanated from his head - persuading him to return to the French fold