One year on, what has become of the Union for the Mediterranean, the successor to the Barcelona Process that was launched amid great diplomatic fanfare by President Nicolas Sarkozy at the start of France's presidency of the European Union?
Twelve months after French President Nicolas Sarkozy and 40 other leaders launched the Mediterranean Union, we take a look at an organisation struggling to find a purpose after Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip.
A multinational forum that was the brainchild of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the Mediterranean Union, will convene Nov. 3-4 to tackle problems that have plagued the body since its inception last July.
Could Nicolas Sarkozy's inaugural summit of the Union for the Mediterranean this weekend in Paris pave the way for top level talks between Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert?
With the Union for the Mediterranean being born in Paris on Sunday, it brings with it the hope of a new age of economic and political cooperation around the region, bringing previously warring parties together.