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France's US envoy slams "racist campaign" against French over Iraq war (MULPH!!GAG!!HACK!!BARF!!)
Yahoo News ^ | Thu Apr 15,11:21 AM ET | Not Provided

Posted on 04/15/2004 1:42:59 PM PDT by .cnI redruM

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) - France's ambassador to the United States denounced what he called a "racist campaign" against the French waged by US media and fueled by the Pentagon (news - web sites) since the start of war in Iraq (news - web sites).

Ambassador Jean-David Levitte, told staff, students and diplomats at the University of California at Los Angeles that Fox News and the New York Post, media baron Rupert Murdoch's properties, led the onslaught with a daily barrage of insults.

"It was a racist campaign," he said in a speech to the university's School of Public Policy and Social Research. "We were insulted just because we were French and it was unfair and dangerous."

He said such a campaign would never have been tolerated in the United States if had it been directed against blacks or Jews.

The envoy said the campaign of disinformation included "lies from the Pentagon," but said it ended quickly after he lodged a complaint with US Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) last year.

He cited a Washington Times report in May -- the substance of which he said originated from the US Department of Defense (news - web sites) -- that falsely stated France had supplied passports to top officials from Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s regime to allow them to flee Iraq following the US-led occupation.

The wave of insults and disinformation spurred by France's opposition to the US invasion of Iraq has since been halted and relations between the two countries and their peoples were strong, he said.

"We went through a real diplomatic hurricane. It is now time to de-escalate," he said, adding that a planned June 5 summit between US President George W. Bush (news - web sites) and French President Jacques Chirac and other top-level meetings would help that process.


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Memo to the French - make like WWII and give it up!
1 posted on 04/15/2004 1:43:02 PM PDT by .cnI redruM
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To: .cnI redruM
Being French is not a matter of race. It's a matter of character flaws.
2 posted on 04/15/2004 1:44:40 PM PDT by Prime Choice (Leftists claim Bush is a terrorist. So why aren't they trying to appease him?)
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To: .cnI redruM
so now france is a race amoung themselves? how redicules are they going to become before someone invades and takes over?
3 posted on 04/15/2004 1:46:59 PM PDT by go star go
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To: .cnI redruM
Imagine that, they're victims. Who'd a thunk it?
4 posted on 04/15/2004 1:46:59 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: .cnI redruM
It's not that we're arrogant, we're just a whole lot better than they are.
5 posted on 04/15/2004 1:47:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: go star go
They trace their noble bloodline back to Asterix The Gaul!
6 posted on 04/15/2004 1:48:36 PM PDT by .cnI redruM (Air America - at least Al Jazeera can pay their bills to stay on the air.)
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To: .cnI redruM
Racist? Right. And the fact that they were making tens of millions of dollars on the backs of innocent Iraqis has nothing to do with their opposition to the war.
7 posted on 04/15/2004 1:48:43 PM PDT by Peach
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To: .cnI redruM
Race? Good Grief, besides being cowards, smelly, and drunks, now we cn ad STUPID.
8 posted on 04/15/2004 1:49:53 PM PDT by marty60
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To: .cnI redruM
Natch that the French consider themselves a separate race. Considering their animosity toward anything related to America, they might even consider themselves non homo sapiens.
9 posted on 04/15/2004 1:50:01 PM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: .cnI redruM
Uh. The French are Caucasian, just like we are.

If the French US envoy is this stupid, imagine what the rest of them are like.

10 posted on 04/15/2004 1:50:07 PM PDT by Reactionary
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To: Prime Choice
Being French is not a matter of race. It's a matter of character flaws.

LOL! I was thinking the same thing.

11 posted on 04/15/2004 1:51:17 PM PDT by PsyOp (All war presupposes human weakness, and seeks to exploit it. - Clauswitz, On War, 1832.)
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To: .cnI redruM
Hey, look on the bright side. Now those of us with French ancestry can apply for affirmative action programs.
12 posted on 04/15/2004 1:52:59 PM PDT by johnfrink
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To: .cnI redruM
The backstabbing frogs deserve all the derision they're getting .... and more. They double crossed Turkey the other day after Turkey heard their siren song and screwed us during the Iraq war.
13 posted on 04/15/2004 1:54:46 PM PDT by dennisw (“We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way.” - Toby Keith)
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To: .cnI redruM

14 posted on 04/15/2004 1:55:15 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: .cnI redruM
"It is wrong to be French."--Al Bundy
15 posted on 04/15/2004 1:56:00 PM PDT by TheBigB ("If my deepest, darkest despair had choreography -- *this* would be it." -Tom Servo)
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To: finnman69; .cnI redruM

16 posted on 04/15/2004 1:59:07 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: .cnI redruM
Hey Frenchy! Is that the stench of desperation I detect? Or just a hunk of bad cheese? Insult us some more. That'll make us want to buy your crap and stay in your islamic pig sty again. Not! The more we learn, the more callous the French become. What used to be simply annoying in the French is now obviously ugly... hateful... racist. They can go to hell. I'll NEVER knowingly buy anything french again.
17 posted on 04/15/2004 1:59:52 PM PDT by johnb838 ("I really don't care; they're all gonna die," US Marine in Fallujah)
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To: .cnI redruM
French surrender bump.
18 posted on 04/15/2004 2:01:37 PM PDT by wjcsux (DemocRATS, Vladimir Lenin's "useful idiots".)
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To: .cnI redruM; SierraWasp
I recently made a coast-to-coast trip by car and stayed in motels...ummmm, let's see...7 times. I am proud to report that not once did I stay in a Motel 6 [french-owned].

Still have that list Waspman?

19 posted on 04/15/2004 2:02:39 PM PDT by snopercod (When the people are ready, a master will appear.)
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To: .cnI redruM
It's can't be racist, they are slightly less than color. Perhaps a nice jaundiced color. le moron II
20 posted on 04/15/2004 2:03:16 PM PDT by Jaded (Through Him all things are possible)
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To: Reactionary
As the English would have said in another era:

WOGS begin at Calais.

A friend and I once devised a theory of history in which every major disaster of Western civilization at least since Charlemagne can be reasonably blamed on the French. We did it as a joke. We figured every historian needed an irrational prejudice. We considered hating the Jews, but that seemed too common and simple minded. We considered hating the Germans, but that was too popular among historians then (the '60s). Hating Blacks was simply too red-neck and my Southern grandmother would have washed my mouth out with soap if I used the N-word. Hating the Chinese or Japanese seemed beyond the pale as well. So, we chose the French. We were well pleased with ourselves until we started seriously reading French history and discovered that the French really are inferior!

21 posted on 04/15/2004 2:16:26 PM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo [Gallia][Germania][Arabia] Esse Delendam --- Select One or More as needed)
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To: .cnI redruM
Important tip for dealing with "Progressives" and other such effluvium -- Everything is racial and/or racist, even when it has exactly nothing at all to do with race.
22 posted on 04/15/2004 2:21:49 PM PDT by spodefly (I've decided not to include a tagline with this post.)
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To: John Jorsett
they might even consider themselves non homo sapiens.

1) homo; 2) sapiens. One outta two ain't bad...

23 posted on 04/15/2004 2:22:31 PM PDT by Migraine (my grain is pretty straight today)
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To: .cnI redruM
This from the French who have snubbed Americans for generations!
24 posted on 04/15/2004 2:31:11 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Must get Moose and Squirrel ... B. Badanov.)
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To: Migraine
I give up.
25 posted on 04/15/2004 2:42:34 PM PDT by get'emall (If you want to have a garden, you're going to have to deal with the weeds.)
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To: BunnySlippers
I'm reading "The French Betrayal of America" by Kenneth Timmerman. I used to tolerate them...now after reading this book...... I hate them.
26 posted on 04/15/2004 2:56:10 PM PDT by arbee4bush
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To: .cnI redruM
"It was a racist campaign," he said in a speech to the university's School of Public Policy and Social Research. "We were insulted just because we were French and it was unfair and dangerous."

No, you were insulted because you're cowards interfering in American affairs. And furthermore, you should learn what deodorant is used for.

27 posted on 04/15/2004 2:59:10 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: .cnI redruM
Then why don't we see Jesse Jackson and Cynthia McKinney standing behind Chirac at every opportunity?

Dear France: We paid all we're gonna pay in reparations during WWII. And as far as I know, affirmative action doesn't have a check box for 'French'.

28 posted on 04/15/2004 3:30:11 PM PDT by Sender (Support Free Republic...become a monthly donor!)
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To: .cnI redruM
French is not a race, France is barely a country.
29 posted on 04/15/2004 3:57:09 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (General - Alien Army of the Right (AAOTR))
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To: Mike Darancette
"We were insulted just because we were French and it was unfair and dangerous." ...Note to the frogs...dont ever change...you give us to many laffs!
30 posted on 04/15/2004 4:01:20 PM PDT by rrrod (ok let's play cowboys and muslims)
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To: rrrod

That's like saying bank-robbers are chased down the street just because they are men.

31 posted on 04/15/2004 4:05:54 PM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: snopercod
What list? Did you spend the night in Frenchlick? Yes there is such a town. I just can't remember where it is! Hell, I don't even have a lisp, let alone any list!!!
32 posted on 04/15/2004 4:14:28 PM PDT by SierraWasp (John Fallujah Kerry! Now we REALLY know what HE meant, by "Bring... It... On!!!" He sure DID!!!)
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To: Cultural Jihad
Actually he meant to say,

"We are insulting just because we are French!"
33 posted on 04/15/2004 4:14:55 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68; harpseal; Travis McGee; Squantos; sneakypete; Chapita
An Englishman, an American and a Frenchman are all in Saudi Arabia, sharing a smuggled crate of booze when, all of a sudden, Saudi police rush in and arrest them. The mere possession of alcohol is a severe offense in Saudi Arabia, so for the terrible crime of actually being caught consuming the booze, they are all sentenced to death! However, after many months and with the help of very good lawyers, they are able to successfully appeal their sentences down to life imprisonment. By a stroke of luck, it was a Saudi national holiday the day their trial finished, and the extremely benevolent Sheik decided they could be released after each receiving just 20 lashes of the whip.

As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheik announced: "It's my first wife's birthday today, and she has asked me to allow each of you one wish before your whipping."

The Englishman was first in line, he thought for a while and then said: "Please tie a pillow to my back."

This was done, but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes before the whip went through. When the punishment was done he had to be carried away bleeding and crying with pain.

The Frenchman was next up. After watching the Engishman in horror he said smugly: "Please fix deux pillows to my back."

But even two pillows could only take 15 lashes before the whip went through again and the Frenchman was soon led away whimpering loudly (as they do).

The American was the last one up, but before he could say anything, the Sheik turned to him and said: "You are from a most beautiful part of the world and your people are the kindest and most generous in the world. For this, you may have two wishes!"

"Thank you, your Most Royal and Merciful highness", The American replied. "In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me not 20, but 100 lashes."

"Not only are you an honorable, handsome and powerful man, you are also very brave". The Sheik said with an admiring look on his face.

"If 100 lashes is what you desire, then so be it. And your second wish, what is it to be?" the Sheik asked.

"Tie the Frenchman to my back."
34 posted on 04/15/2004 4:39:29 PM PDT by razorback-bert
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To: .cnI redruM
"The wave of insults and disinformation spurred by France's opposition to the US invasion of Iraq has been halted and relations between the two countries and their people were strong, he said."

LOL keep dreaming. I'm going to continue enjoying French jokes for a long time, or until France grows a spine!
35 posted on 04/15/2004 6:01:01 PM PDT by Arpege92 (America and Israel are two countries that were founded on the rejection of Europe. -Dr. M. Azaryahu)
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To: SierraWasp
Never been to French-lick, but I camped by the river at Toad Suck, Arkansas last month.

Maybe it was Grampa Dave who had the list of french-owned businesses.

36 posted on 04/16/2004 3:35:09 AM PDT by snopercod (When the people are ready, a master will appear.)
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To: .cnI redruM
uh, OK.
this from the people who referred to Israel as a "shitty little country" and just passed a law banning religious garb that, realistically, targets primarily Muslims, who are themselves, of course, predominantly Arab...

and WE'RE the racists... yeah.
37 posted on 04/16/2004 8:05:39 AM PDT by billsux
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To: billsux
It's only profiling when da' poleese do it!
38 posted on 04/16/2004 8:09:30 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (Air America - at least Al Jazeera can pay their bills to stay on the air.)
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To: billsux
It's only profiling when da' poleese do it!
39 posted on 04/16/2004 8:10:16 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (Air America - at least Al Jazeera can pay their bills to stay on the air.)
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To: snopercod; Grampa Dave
"Maybe it was Grampa Dave who had the list of french-owned businesses."

I think you're right about that.

You can get high licking certain South American/Central American toads, they say.

40 posted on 04/16/2004 10:29:45 AM PDT by SierraWasp (John Fallujah Kerry! Now we REALLY know what HE meant, by "Bring... It... On!!!" He sure DID!!!)
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To: snopercod; SierraWasp
It was I, re the French list:

Boycott the French list



It is time to break out the Boycott France List again!

Boycott their products, services, companies and don't go on vacation to their $hitty country.


French Products to Buycott

Make it a lifestyle to avoid French products or products made by what appear to be a non French company in America. The reality is that many of these companies like Wild Turkey are owned by the French.

Let them fear the American Street---our combined wallets.

"France has burned too many bridges!"

Lets keep burning those bridges that the slimey and worthless frogs keep trying to build post Iraq.

$crew the $limey Frogs with a Boycott and no vacations in Slimey Frog Land!


French Products to Buycott

We can resist their wines which usually come in behind the good Napa Valley Wines and Australian wines in blind tasting without French Judges like in the Winter Olympics.

We can do without French Products and services for the rest of this decade. Here is a list of French companies and their products to avoid for the rest of this decade. Please keep this list and send it to your relatives, friends and fellow conservatives via e and snail mail!

*New additions to the list.

Air France

Air Liquide

Airbus

Alcatel - Based in Paris France, Provider of communications equipment, including ADSL equipment, terrestrial and submarine optical networks, public switching, fixed wireless access and intelligent networks.


Allegra (Allergy Medication) - Produced by Aventis Pharmaceuticals based in Strasbourg, France

Aqualung (Including: Spirotechnique, Technisub, US Divers, and SeaQuest)

AXA Advisors

*Bacou-Dalloz-Makes Industrial protective devices

Bank of the West - Owned by BNP Paribas

Beneteau (boats)

BF Goodrich - Owned by Michelin

BIC (Razors, Pens & Lighters) - Started in 1945 by Marcel Bich. Originally based just outside of Paris. Began trading on the Paris Stock Exchange in 1972. 40.5% Publicly traded. Bich family still owns 33.5%.

Biotherm (Cosmetics)

Black Bush

Bollinger (Champagne)

*Browning Firearms**

Car & Driver Magazine

Cartier

Chanel

Chivas Regal (Scotch)

Christian Dior

Club Med (Vacations) - Owned in part by Paris based CDC (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations)

Culligan (owned by Vivendi)

Dannon (Yogurt & Dairy Foods)

*Danone -Lea and Perrin, Evian and other food/water

*Decatholon Super Sport Stores or MVP Sport Stores*

* Dassault Systemes-(CATIA design software)*

DKNY - LVMH acquired 100% of Gabrielle Studio Inc., the privately owned licenser of Donna Karan trademarks back in 2001.

*DMC THREADS

Dom Perignon

Durand Crystal

Elle Magazine

*Emile Henry French Cookware

*Enertec makes high speed recorders used in Recon aircraft p>Essilor Optical Products

*Essilon- Varilux Progressive Lenses for eye glasses

Evian

Fina Oil - Billions invested in Iraqi Oil fields -FINA GAS STATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE NOT FRENCH-OWNED AND ARE NOT PART OF TOTAL-ELF-FINA ... FINA GAS STATIONS ARE OWNED BY ALON ISRAEL OIL COMPANY ..

First Hawaiian Bank

George Magazine

Givenchy

*Grey Goose Vodka

*GroupeSEB owns Krups, Moulinex, Roweta and Tefal Cookware

*Groupe Shneider, owner of Modicon and Square D

*Guerlain Fragrances

*Hachette Filipacchi owner publisher of many magazines sold in the USA. See the list below:***

Hennessy

Houghton Mifflin (books) International Herald Tribune - 181 ave Charles-de-Gaulle - F-92521 Neuilly - FRSource:World Business Council for Sustainable Development '00 [Domain Registration], [Corporate Profile]

Jacobs Creek - Owned by Pernod Ricard since 1989

Jameson (whiskey Owned by Pernod Ricard )

Jerry Springer (talk show)

Krups

****Lagardere****

Lancome

*Lea & Perrins a product of Danon

Le Creuset (Cookware)

L'Oreal (Health & Beauty Products)

Louis Vuitton

Marie Claire

Martel Cognac

Maybelline

Méphisto (Footwear & Apparel)

Michelin (Tires & Auto Parts) - Their phone number is: (33) 1 45 66 15 53 in France

Mikasa Crystal and Glass (purchased by ARC int'l in 2001)

Moet (Champagne)

Motel 6 - 33, Avenue du Maine- 75755 Paris Cedex 15 France

Motown Records

MP3.com

Mumms (Champagne)

Nissan (Cars) - Majority owned by Renault

Nivea

Normany Butter

Parents Magazine

*Perrier

Peugeot (Automobiles) - Pronounced "Pooh Joe", must be French

Pierre Cardin

Playstation Magazine

ProScan - Owned by Thomson Electronics, France

Publicis Group (Including: Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising)

RCA (televisions & electronics) - Owned by Thomson Electronics, France

Red Magazine

Red Roof Inns - Owned by the Accor group based in France

Renault (Automobiles) major owner of Nissan

Road & Track Magazine

Roquefort Cheese - All Roquefort cheese is made in France

Rowenta (Toasters, Irons, Coffee makers, etc)

Royal Canadian

Salomon (Skis)

Seagram's Gin

Sierra Software and Computer Games

*Sodexho Alliance* French Food Caterer for the US Marines

Sofitel (Hotels) - Owned by the Accor group based in France

Sparkletts (Water) - Owned by Danone, based in France

Spencer Gifts

Sundance Channel

Taylor Made (Golf)

Technicolor

T-Fal (Kitchenware)

The Glenlivet (Scotch) *Top Tobacco - Dist. by Republic Tobacco L.P., Glenview IL, made in France

UbiSoft (Computer Games)

Uniroyal

Uniroyal Tires - Owned by Michelin

Universal Studios (Music, Movies & Theme Parks) -

Universal Studios is owned by Vivendi-Universal, headquartered in Paris France

USFilter

Veritas Group

Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Vittel

Vivendi - Vivendi Headquarters, Paris France

Wild Turkey (bourbon)

*Winchester Firearms (US Repeating Arms)**

Woman's Day Magazine

Yoplait - France-based Sodiaal owns a 50% stake of Yoplait

Yves Saint Laurent

*Yves Rocher Cosmetics

*ZigZag (tobacco papers and roller products)*

Zodiac Inflatable Boats

*New additions to the list thanks to Freepers. If you have an addition, Freepmail me with the URL showing French ownership.

** Sad news but these two companies are owned by the Belgian Company Herstal, (French Light)

***List of 18 magazines sold in USA by Hachette Filipacchi with an estimated 50 million readers: American Photo, Boating, Car Stereo Review's Mobile Entertainment, Cycle World, ELLE Decor, ELLEgirl, Flying, Home, Metropolitan Home, Popular Photography, Premiere, Sound & Vision, Travel Holiday, Woman's Day Woman's Day Special Interest Publications.

****Lagardere owns the Virgin Megastore group in France, which it bought from Richard Branson three years ago. Its Hachette media division publishes a battery of magazines including Elle , see *** Hachette Filipacchi above. Lagardere also has a stake in the Airbus manufacturing operation. The company is capitalised at over €5bn.

41 posted on 04/16/2004 10:37:16 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (America can't afford a 9/10 John F'onda al Querry after 9/11.)
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To: .cnI redruM; SierraWasp; snopercod; pookie18; PhilDragoo; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Liz; BOBTHENAILER
Here is another good reason to hate the French and boycott the products of companies owned by the French.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1118724/posts

Chirac's War for Oil
FrontPageMag ^ | 4/16/04 | Kenneth Timmerman


Posted on 04/16/2004 4:59:13 AM PDT by pookie18


Frontpage Interview has the pleasure to have Kenneth Timmerman, author of the new book The French Betrayal of America, as its guest today.

A senior writer at Insight Magazine, Mr. Timmerman has spent twenty years reporting on Europe and the Middle East. He is also the author of Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on America . Visit his website at www.KenTimmerman.com.

FP: Mr. Timmerman welcome back to Frontpage Interview, it is a pleasure to have you with us again.

Timmerman: Thanks, Jamie. Frontpage is one of the rare bright spots in today's media, which is dominated by the centers of spin.

FP: President Bush's critics say Iraq was a war for oil. You seem to agree, but in your new book, you claim that war was being waged by French president Chirac. Could you explain this to our readers?

Timmerman: If you read the French press, or the glowing accounts of Chirac's opposition to the U.S. effort to build an international coalition to oust Saddam Hussein that appeared here in America, you might actually believe that the French were standing on principle.

I reveal that Chirac was defending something quite different when he sent his erstwhile foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, around the world to buy votes against America at the United nations. Chirac was determined to maintain Saddam Hussein in power so that two extraordinarily lucrative oil contracts, negotiated by the French, could go into effect. Very little has been written about this until now.

The deals were negotiated separately by CFP Total and by Elf Aquitaine during the mid to late 1990s. At the time, both companies were state-controlled. They have since been privatized and combined into the world's second largest oil giant, TotalFinalElf.

Through my sources, I obtained a copy of one of these contracts. It spans 154 pages, and grants the French exclusive right to exploit one of Iraq's largest oil fields at Nahr al-Umar for a period of twenty years. Under the deal, the French were given 75% of the revenue from every barril of oil they extracted - 75%! That is absolutely stunning. Not even during the pre-OPEC days were foreign oil operators granted such extravagant terms.

I discussed the contract with an independent oil analyst, Gerald Hillman, who estimated that during the first seven years alone, it would earn the French around $50 billion. Elf-Aquitaine negotiated a virtually identical deal with Saddam to expand the gigantic Majnoon oil field as well. Put together, those two deals were worth $100 billion to the French. That's 100 billion good reasons for Mr. Chirac to keep Saddam in power.

FP: The contracts were dependent on Saddam?

Timmerman: That's correct, although I am sure the French are trying to put pressure on the Iraqi Governing Council to honor these scandalously corrupt deals.

Because of the United Nations sanctions, the French were allowed to do some initial scoping out work on the oil fields, but they couldn't begin actual production until the sanctions were lifted. So this was a clear quid pro quo. As Hillman told me, what the French were saying in this contract was very simple: "We will help you get the sanctions lifted, and when we do that, you give us this." And that is precisely what the French were trying to do at the UN. I've called these $100 billion deals from Saddam to Chirac the largest bribe ever paid in history. It was Chirac's War for Oil.

FP: Were there personal payoffs to President Chirac? Your book portrays him as shockingly corrupt, but what's the proof?

Timmerman: Most American newspapers hardly ever write about France, so Americans have no idea that Mr. Chirac was on the verge of being indicted by an investigative magistrate in 1999 on corruption charges. Never before in French history had a sitting president been under such assault from the legal system, which traditionally has been under the boot of the ruling party.

That particular case involved Mr. Chirac's alleged misuse of public funds during his 18 years as Mayor of Paris, where he established an extensive system of political patronage grafted to a national political party. Among the schemes that came to light, which I detail in my book, were kickbacks Chirac's party demanded from contractors on virtually every public works contract - right down to maintenance contracts in the public schools!

Chirac's party wasn't alone in this; indeed, virtually everyone from the Communists to the Far Right benefited from similar schemes. But clearly, Mr. Chirac was deeply involved on a very personal level in organizing the clandestine financing of his political party.

There's one great scene I describe in my book, which came to light during these court cases, where a visitor allegedly brings Chirac and his chief of staff a suitcase full of cash. Chirac is in his office in the palatial Paris town hall, and opens a door to reveal a safe built into the wall. It just so happens that the safe is located in the private toilet in his office. So Chirac flushes the toilet to cover the noise as he dials the combination to the safe, just in case some political opponent has planted a listening device inside his office.

There's another scene I describe in the scene, where a well-known arms dealer arrives in Geneva from Baghdad, carrying the torn half of a $1 bill. Under instructions from Saddam Hussein, he meets with an Iraqi government employee, then goes down to the UBS bank, where they withdraw several million dollars in cash. Later, at a pre-arranged meeting place, an emissary for a prominent French politician arrives. "You'd never ask their name, they 'd never ask you your name," the arms dealer told me. "You have half of the dollar, and he has half of the dollar. You match the serial numbers and make the exchange. That was how it worked."

There have long been rumors that Chirac financed his RPR party with cash from Saddam Hussein, but no one has ever come forward with material evidence to substantiate the claim. If my arms dealer source is accurate - and I believe he is - we now know why. Cash payments are by nature untraceable.

FP: Can the United States ever trust the French again -- after all they did last year to muster an anti-American coalition vs. Saddam?

Timmerman: Mr. Chirac has shown through his behavior that France is no longer the ally that it once was. I am heartened by the change of foreign minister. Dominique de Villepin, whose theatrical silliness and weird obsession with Napolean I profile in the book, has gone on to greener pastures; as Interior Minister, he now runs the French counter-espionage service and their secret police. The new foreign minister, Michel Barnier, is much more low key, and will focus on Europe more than America.

He has stated that he will try to repair relations with the United States. But from all the U.S. diplomats and senior Bush administration people I've spoken with recently about this, I think the key phrase is "Trust, but verify." The French have a lot of work to do to demonstrate that they won't stab us in the back as they did last year at the United Nations.

This said, we don't really need the French for much, unless the President decides he must return to the United Nations. Going to war without France is like going deer-hunting without an accordeon.

FP: What is it about the French do you think that makes them so predisposed to admiring anti-American dictators and mass-murderers like Saddam Hussein?

Timmerman: I think the problem, to paraphrase Condi Rice's recent testimony, is structural. The French Socialist economy has spawned vast state-owned enterprises that are unable to compete in a free, fair market. To maintain the socialist welfare state, with its ten to twelve percent unemployment rates, the French desperately need to cut backdoor deals with dictators and authoritarian states. Hence, their current fondness for the mullahs in Tehran, and the Chinese communists.

Iraq was a special case. I was invited in the late 1980s to visit the Iraqi Army staff college, and was surprised when I saw a plaque donated to the college by visiting French general Pierre-Marie Gallois, the "father" of the French strategic nuclear force. Many in the French Gaullist elite saw in Saddam Hussein an Iraqi De Gaulle, a fellow spirit: someone willing to stand up to superpowers, and take his country on a "third way." That third way, of course, led directly through Paris, in opposition to Washington.

One of our biggest problems as we go forward with France will be the safeguard of our nuclear weapons secrets. I tell the story in my book of our extensive nuclear weapons cooperation with France, and end with a question: should U.S. taxpayers continue to subsidize the French nuclear weapons establishment?

My answer is a clear, resounding: No.

FP: Mr. Timmerman, it was, once a again, a pleasure to speak with you.

Timmerman: And a pleasure to speak with you as well Jamie.
42 posted on 04/16/2004 10:43:35 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (America can't afford a 9/10 John F'onda al Querry after 9/11.)
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To: Grampa Dave
SO the French are discovering Margaret Thatcher's old maxim regarding socialism to be true. Socialists really do eventually run out of other people's money.
43 posted on 04/16/2004 10:45:20 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (Air America - at least Al Jazeera can pay their bills to stay on the air.)
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To: .cnI redruM
They have been busy with their Cloaked Covert Colonialism since WWII. That is the label that a retired CIA friend tagged the French with in the 1960s.

This Cloaked Covert Colonialism is the prime reason they battled GW in the Iraqi Regime change.

When regime change happens in Iran and Syria, the French economy will implode under all the socialism they have at home.
44 posted on 04/16/2004 10:51:31 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (America can't afford a 9/10 John F'onda al Querry after 9/11.)
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To: Grampa Dave
http://www.francestinks.com/Fdontbuy.htm

That will tell you what products to avoid.
45 posted on 04/16/2004 10:55:31 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (Air America - at least Al Jazeera can pay their bills to stay on the air.)
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To: .cnI redruM
"We were insulted just because we were French and it was unfair and dangerous."

Ok, I guess I might as well pile on...


46 posted on 04/16/2004 11:02:52 AM PDT by apastron
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To: apastron
No really, feel free. It was thoughtful of the Parisians to plant all those trees so that German armies could march in the shade.
47 posted on 04/16/2004 11:06:16 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (Air America - at least Al Jazeera can pay their bills to stay on the air.)
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To: .cnI redruM
What do the French expect? Your females carry the testosterone for your nation, and everyone on the planet knows it.
48 posted on 04/16/2004 11:09:07 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: .cnI redruM
Thanks for this link. I just emailed them with my list. I have a few products/companies that they don't have listed.

http://www.francestinks.com/Fdontbuy.htm
49 posted on 04/16/2004 11:11:28 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (America can't afford a 9/10 John F'onda al Querry after 9/11.)
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To: HamiltonJay
I pity French women. The only men left virile enough to continue their lines will be Muslims from the Parisian Ghettos.
50 posted on 04/16/2004 11:11:31 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (Air America - at least Al Jazeera can pay their bills to stay on the air.)
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