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Have the French Left Anyone Out?

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Has Jacques Chirac left anyone off his "to offend" list? Fresh from his brush-off of the United Nations and the U.S. over Iraq, the French President has now irked Britain's Labour government and Tory opposition, democratic activists in Africa and the world over, and the rest of the European Union by inviting Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe</a> for a visit to Paris.

    The dictator and his family were banned from entering the EU after Mugabe, in his golden years, <a href="http://www.globalaffairs.org/forum/showthread.php?postid=12546#post12546
    ">decided to destroy Zimbabwe's democracy and starve his own people.</a> Paris now wants to give Mugabe fresh legitimacy on the world stage by hosting him for the France-Africa summit on February 20-21.

    That meeting takes place two days after the current EU travel ban runs out. On Monday the EU failed to renew the ban for another year because of the squabbling over France's invitation. Rumor has it, the French told Britain and Sweden, which favor a hard line on Zimbabwe, to give Mugabe a pass for their party in Paris (exceptions are allowed) or France would block the entire package of sanctions, including the travel ban. That appears to be what happened.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. on Monday advised Americans to consider leaving Zimbabwe, which is "in the midst of a political, economic and humanitarian crisis."

    With his maneuver, Mr. Chirac (once again) pokes the British Prime Minister in the eye. Why? I guess he doesn't appreciate Tony Blair's stance on Iraq, wants to prove that France and Germany again rule the roost in Europe, and to get an upper hand on its old rival in Africa. But this Gallic unilateralism seems to be founded on strange notions of national interest -- not to mention decency and morality. And yes, this is the French we are speaking of.
  2. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    It's amazing the "Chunnel" was ever built. There is no love loss between the English and French. And as for decency and morality? Only if it is in their interest to portray such tactics.
  3. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    He's just being French.
  4. Stiofan

    Stiofan Master Po

    I don't believe he's offended Saddam yet....
  5. Coot

    Coot Passed Away January 7, 2010

    Chirac might think a diaper a bit gauche if he was fitted with one...how about a nice spiffy fez...or building him and his closest friends a grand resort on Devil's Island? Hell, they could spend all the time they wanted with Mugabe there.
  6. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member


  7. melpomene

    melpomene Banned

    history.....................that's all i have to say about this topic.

    the history between France and England.

    Mary, Queen of Scots, the Dauphin, Edward V11, Henry V111..............all come to mind.
  8. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Just came across this. Thought it was rather good. :thumbsup:
  9. bruzzes

    bruzzes Truthslayer

    The French are hard pressed to defend against rebels in the Ivory Coast. Perhaps it is the massive size of that country and their formidible army that is the reason. Those stone throwing rebels don't seem to have any leader the French can surrender too.
  10. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Oh Man, Biker that's a classic to be. :)
  11. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Awesome cartoon. No wonder the French have such problems withholding their invective and stabbing people in the back.


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