Robert De Niro

French envoy at UN: Discord at highest level since Cold War

Dissension and conflict are at their highest levels since the Cold War and cooperation among nations has become more difficult in a world that is more interdependent than ever, France's top diplomat said Monday as global leaders gathered at the United Nations.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a news conference that heads of state and government were coming together for their annual meeting at the General Assembly at "a critical moment" that is witnessing "a worrying degradation of the international environment."

What is worse, he said, is that some countries are increasingly questioning the role of working together, "and with a...