Quotes and Comments by Jacques Chirac
I feel friendly toward George Bush as I disagree
with him and work behind the scenes to scuttle
Ill tell you what I feel. To be frank,
I never understood why there was tension in
the first place; I observed but didnt
understand it. We had differing views on the
solution to the problem posed by Iraq. We gave
our opinion. Its true, it wasnt
the same as the one held by the American administration.
But as far as I know, we we were not aggressive
about it. We were operating within the context
of a debate between long-time friends. . (U.S.
Secretary of State) Colin Powell said not long
ago, The United States and France have
been friends for 225 years. That is not
going to change for purely circumstantial reasons.
Well, I never like to say that I 'believe' anything.
There are no ideas worth believing. There is
only expedience and transitory practically.
immigration has just begun. It is the biggest
problem facing France, Europe and the world.
don't have the intention to oppose. If we oppose
it, that would mean voting 'no,' that is to
say, to use the veto. I am not in that mind-set
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