Jacques Chirac Didn’t Lead Iraq War Opposition, He Followed

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PARIS — Last Tuesday night, on the eve of handing over power to his successor Nicolas Sarkozy, Jacques Chirac bid an emotional “farewell” to the French people in a televised address. “I want to tell you how strong the bond is that from the bottom of my heart ties me to each and every one of you,” Chirac said, “This bond is that of affection, that of respect, that of admiration for the French people.” It is clear that by the end of his second term in office these warm feelings were not much reciprocated by Chirac’s compatriots. Over the […]

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