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Morning multilateralism, April 12

UK foreign minister talks tough on Syria, including possible International Criminal Court referral.

India's environment minister says the EU's airline carbon tax is a "deal-breaker" for global climate change talks. Plus, India's man at the UN says the world can't wait on reforming the Security Council.

Contest or coronation? Jim Yong Kim makes his case to the World Bank executive board.

Facing credit crunch, Bangladesh gets a big IMF loan package. Plus, G20 countries will talk this week on boosting IMF resources, says Japan's finance minister.

In Kabul, NATO's secretary general insists that the alliance remains committed to Afghanistan.

The WTO says world trade growth will slow in 2012.

Previewing the Summit of the Americas.

The Multilateralist

Will Francois Hollande sour the NATO summit?

France's Socialists want the country's forces out of Afghanistan tout suite, and they want a bigger say in future NATO decisionmaking. Via Reuters:

France's Socialists will pull all combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, a year ahead of an accelerated withdrawal planned by the government, and has already discussed this with Britain and the United States, their chief defense adviser says.

In an interview, Jean-Yves Le Drian, chief defense aide to Socialist presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande, also told Reuters France would press for a review of long-standing demands for a bigger say in the U.S.-led NATO alliance's integrated military command structure....

If Hollande wins the election that takes place in two rounds on April 22 and May 6, one of his first big international dates will be the successive summits of G8 and NATO leaders on May 18 and 20 respectively.

According to NATO's latest figures, France has almost 3,500 soldiers in Afghanistan, making it the fifth largest contributor (behind the United States, the U.K., Germany and Italy).