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Chirac's Jet Flew An Extra 1,200 Miles To Let Him Sleep
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-9-2004 | Christian Jennings

Posted on 09/08/2004 6:34:36 PM PDT by blam

Chirac's jet flew an extra 1,200 miles to let him

sleep By Christian Jennings
(Filed: 09/09/2004)

The most direct route from Paris to Moscow by aircraft is to fly due east. Unless you are President Chirac, that is.

The French premier likes his sleep so much that, en route to a Black Sea summit with President Putin and Chancellor Schröder, he had his flight diverted by 1,200 miles so that he could have a long sleep.

Le Canard Enchainé, France's version of Private Eye, tells a tale this week headlined "Chirac's sleep is priceless".

On August 31, Chirac was due to fly from Paris to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, to meet the German and Russian premiers.

The only problem was that the flight to the summit would not be of sufficient duration for him to get a full night's sleep.

The answer was simple: the French air force, which operates the presidential Airbus 319, was ordered to tack another 1,200 miles on to its flight so that Mr Chirac could sleep undisturbed.

The result was a trip to Russia that took the plane due west from Paris towards the Channel Islands, over Brest, south towards Nantes, down from Bordeaux to Toulouse, north back to Paris, and then due east to Moscow.

Le Canard Enchainé revealed that, after its airborne tour of France and a four-hour flight to Russia, the French president arrived in time for breakfast.

The flight is reported to have cost somewhere in five figures.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1200; chiracs; extra; flew; him; jet; mileslet; sleep

1 posted on 09/08/2004 6:34:42 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Courtesy of Saddam.


2 posted on 09/08/2004 6:35:50 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: blam

Has anyone ever seen him awake?


3 posted on 09/08/2004 6:36:39 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: blam
"Chirac's sleep is priceless " For everything else - there is.......
4 posted on 09/08/2004 6:37:59 PM PDT by traumer
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To: blam

Thats Just So French........


5 posted on 09/08/2004 6:38:02 PM PDT by cmsgop ( Bong Hits, Fraggle Rock Reruns and DU is no way to go through Life..........)
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To: blam

Chirac does need all the beauty sleep he can get.


6 posted on 09/08/2004 6:39:40 PM PDT by WestTexasWend
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To: blam

It appears that Chirac has fallen into disfavor among certain circles here on Free Republic.


7 posted on 09/08/2004 6:40:12 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Bush 53%)
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To: blam

Kyoto Accord my @$$.


8 posted on 09/08/2004 6:40:46 PM PDT by bikepacker67 (Sandy wasn't stuffing his socks, he was stuffing A sock.)
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To: blam

Are they sure it wasn't 1,200,000,000,000,000 miles, so he could sleep through the War on Terrorism. We should be so lucky.


9 posted on 09/08/2004 6:47:14 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservatives)
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To: SamAdams76
It appears that Chirac has fallen into disfavor among certain circles here on Free Republic.

Yes, the internationalist, socialist Laborite Blair seems to have more supporters here than does the conservative, nationalist socialist Chirac.

10 posted on 09/08/2004 6:48:40 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: WestTexasWend

It is a waste of time.


11 posted on 09/08/2004 6:49:44 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: blam

bttt


12 posted on 09/08/2004 6:49:48 PM PDT by ohioconservative
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To: blam

How many air conditioners or window fans for their elderly would that energy have operated?


13 posted on 09/08/2004 6:56:52 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: PAR35

One is an ally, one is an enemy.

If chIraq dies, the only ones going to mourn are the worms because they have to dispose of the carcass.


14 posted on 09/08/2004 6:59:06 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (What!? My mother was a saint!!! Get out!)
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To: blam


15 posted on 09/08/2004 7:01:52 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
One is an ally,

At one point, so was Stalin, before he turned on us. Of course, he had been Hitler's ally before he turned on him.

Trust a gun-grabbing leftist at you own risk.

16 posted on 09/08/2004 7:07:33 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35
"Yes, the internationalist, socialist Laborite Blair seems to have more supporters here than does the conservative, nationalist socialist Chirac."

and then there are those of us who are less than supportive towards either of them.
17 posted on 09/08/2004 7:12:47 PM PDT by monday
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To: PAR35

Thanks for the history lesson. I feel like I've learned something valuable.

What would you suggest though, telling Blair to go to hell? Blair stood with us when others chose to spit on America. That carries a a lot of weight with me.

I would certainly trust Blair over that Filthy French Frog any day of the week.


18 posted on 09/08/2004 7:16:08 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (What!? My mother was a saint!!! Get out!)
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To: blam

So many comments, so little bandwidth.


19 posted on 09/08/2004 7:24:28 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
I would certainly trust Blair over that Filthy French Frog any day of the week.

Are you related to Lord Nelson perchance?

" To obey orders is all perfection. To serve my King and destroy the French, I consider as the great order of all, from which little ones spring; and if one of these militate against it (for who can tell exactly at a distance), I go back and obey the great order and object, to down - down with the damned French villains! My blood boils at the name of a Frenchman! Down, down with the French! … is my constant prayer. "
~ Horatio Nelson

20 posted on 09/08/2004 7:30:09 PM PDT by Flashman_at_the_charge (A proud member of the self-preservation society)
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To: mtbopfuyn

"How many air conditioners or window fans for their elderly would that energy have operated?"

Zero. Air conditioners and window fans don't run on jet fuel.


21 posted on 09/08/2004 7:35:49 PM PDT by Kirkwood (I think, therefore I am Republican!)
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To: blam
Now, now, let's not be too hard on Frere Jacques ("dorme vous?"). Our own jets have flown across oceans and over the highest mountain ranges to ensure that terrorists never wake up.
22 posted on 09/08/2004 7:39:28 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy ("It is our custom to hang chaps who do that sort of thing.")
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To: Flashman_at_the_charge

Hah, doubtful, unless old Horry left a few bastards among the scots, the spanish or the turks.

Still and all, he has the right idea.




23 posted on 09/08/2004 7:41:13 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (What!? My mother was a saint!!! Get out!)
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To: johniegrad

Chirac looks as if he has smoked a few rocks.(Frenchie Has Crack Pipe Dementia)


24 posted on 09/08/2004 7:41:38 PM PDT by No Surrender No Retreat (These Colors Never Run( 7.62) "See Ya"ll At The VA Clinic" "Xin Loi My Boy")
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To: blam

Sounds like something Kerry would do!


25 posted on 09/08/2004 7:43:05 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (God bless our troops!! Our President and those who fight against the awful commie, liberal left!!)
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To: Atlantic Friend
,,, hmmmmmm
26 posted on 09/08/2004 7:44:41 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: PAR35

Stalin was our ally in WWII only because Churchill knew that England could not fight Hitler alone. Those of us who were alive at that time knew that as soon as the war was over, Stalin would turn against us. But we won the damn war against Hitler, didn't we? My enemy's enemy is my friend. Blair has risked his own career to join our President Bush in the war on terror. So I can't put him in the same category as Stalin.


27 posted on 09/08/2004 8:21:40 PM PDT by kitkat (George W. Bush, a PROVEN leader)
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To: blam

While it can be spun as negative, Chirac is in his 70's, and presumably NEEDS a good night's sleep to be able to function well the next day. A disaster would be him dozing off in the middle of a meeting. The cost of the extra air time, compared with what it costs to escort him anyway and the importance of france being represented, is negligible. The fact he is such a prick in public towards anyone who disagrees with him wins him no sympathy, of course.

Talking about extra operating costs, is it true that the carrier bush landed on for the photo-op was actually told to slow down so it would be just beyond helicopter range when the advance-scheduled jet landing took place? IT was genius PR, of course.


28 posted on 09/08/2004 9:08:55 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
I would certainly trust Blair over that Filthy French Frog any day of the week.

I would trust Blair over his Tory opponent (the Tories appear to want to make sure they don't win any time soon), but domestically, he has been weak on murdering, raping muslims and hard on honest folks trying to defend their homes. He is pro-Euro and pro-EU. And once he sells out to Brussels, the UK won't be in much position to help us.

29 posted on 09/09/2004 7:51:05 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: kitkat
Stalin was our ally in WWII only because Churchill knew that England could not fight Hitler alone.

No, Stalin was our semi-ally in World War II because Hitler launched Operation Barbarosa against him and declared war on the US and neither had much choice in the matter.

30 posted on 09/09/2004 7:55:38 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: blam

Chirac's approval rating in France is lower than Bush's in the US.


31 posted on 09/09/2004 7:56:46 AM PDT by kevkrom (My handle is "kevkrom", and I approved this post.)
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To: blam

Maybe he did it for the miles.


32 posted on 09/09/2004 7:56:57 AM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: blam

Sacre bleu!


33 posted on 09/09/2004 7:59:12 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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