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Paris Olympics failure is a blow for Chirac
reuters ^ | 07/06/05 | Timothy Heritage

Posted on 07/06/2005 12:37:08 PM PDT by Pikamax

Paris Olympics failure is a blow for Chirac Wed Jul 6, 2005 7:16 PM BST

By Timothy Heritage

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris's defeat by London in the race to host the 2012 Olympic Games was a bitter blow for French President Jacques Chirac that was all the more painful because he lost out again to his rival Tony Blair.

Chirac badly needed a victory to lift his political fortunes after a French "No" vote on the European constitution that left him sorely wounded and a furore over comments attributed to him criticising British food.

The prime minister not only emerged as the winner in what was billed as another showdown with Chirac following a row at a European Union summit last month, but he did so with the flair normally attributed to the French.

"Tony Blair acted brilliantly. He has a dynamism which makes him win all his bets, win all the gambles he takes and win all the challenges he sets himself," said Pierre Durand, an Olympic gold medallist in equestrianism for France in 1988.

"They have the luck to have a prime minister who is young, emblematic, charismatic, deliberately looking to the future and at odds with 'Old Europe'. You can feel it on every level."

How galling such comments must be to Chirac, who failed in his own gamble of going to Singapore at the last minute to lobby members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

How unfortunate for Chirac that his flight from Singapore took him only as far as Scotland where the 52-year-old Blair will be his host at an eight-nation summit -- and the cooking will be British.

Newspaper Liberation said Chirac cracked jokes to Russian and German leaders about bad British food on Sunday. "You can't trust people who cook as badly as that," it cited him as saying.

CHIRAC OFFERS CONGRATULATIONS

"I am of course, like all French people, disappointed by this decision," Chirac told reporters on arrival in Scotland, where he said he would have the chance to pass on "warm and personal congratulations" to Blair and Queen Elizabeth.

Chirac, 72, had hoped that securing the Olympics would have lifted the sagging confidence of French voters and given a boost to the sluggish economy by creating jobs and generating revenues for tourism, construction and the service sector in general.

Critics speak of a "fin de regne" (end of reign) after Chirac's 10 years as president. His hopes of winning or even running in the next presidential election in 2007 are now slim.

Chirac's popularity has dropped since French voters rejected the EU's constitution on May 29 -- partly out of discontent with his policies -- and he suffered a new blow late last month when a row with Blair meant the EU did not agree a long-term budget.

Chirac labelled Blair's stance "pathetic" at the EU summit after Blair said he would make concessions on Britain's budget rebate from the EU only if the bloc agreed to a wider review of spending, including the hefty subsidies French farmers receive.

The two men also took opposing positions over the U.S.-led Iraq war, in which Blair was U.S. President George W. Bush's staunchest ally while Chirac led resistance to the invasion.

Chirac has little to encourage him on the economic front because growth is slow and the unemployment rate is at a five-year high of 10.2 percent. Opinion polls show many French centre-right voters would also prefer Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy to be the conservatives' presidential candidate in 2007.

"What is certain is that there is a feeling of a France that doubts itself, and this vote will accentuate it," said political analyst Pascal Boniface.

"Bizarrely, one would not ask questions about a British decline if Paris had won and London were second."


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KEYWORDS: axisofweasels; eurofreude; eurotrash; oldeurope; paybackisabitch; sweetrevenge
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1 posted on 07/06/2005 12:37:09 PM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax

"New York Olympic Failure is a Bigger Blow to Hillary."

She was part of the team that presented to the Olympic Committee.


2 posted on 07/06/2005 12:39:47 PM PDT by Ingtar (Understanding is a three-edged sword : your side, my side, and the truth in between ." -- Kosh)
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To: Pikamax

It's good to see the words "Paris" and "blow" in the same headline and know it's not about some slut/brat that's heir to a hotel fortune.


3 posted on 07/06/2005 12:40:23 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Get all the incumbents out of politics!)
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To: Pikamax

Schadenfraude.


4 posted on 07/06/2005 12:41:53 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Pikamax

There is a God in Heaven and He hates France, too!


5 posted on 07/06/2005 12:42:31 PM PDT by etcetera
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To: Pikamax
Heh I am surprised they did not try to spin it as a blow to bush. " Bush Down in Dumps after Big Apple bites Olympic Dust" news at 11 :)
6 posted on 07/06/2005 12:42:54 PM PDT by Wyrm
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To: Pikamax

Can't think of a nicer bunch of folks to get the olympic nod. Prime Minister Blair served his people well.


7 posted on 07/06/2005 12:43:21 PM PDT by Owl558 (Please excuse my spelling)
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To: Ingtar

"New York Olympic Failure is a Bigger Blow to Hillary."
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Too bad. And "Big Blows" was something that Hitlery was never really good at -- at least that what Bill said to Monica!!!! :-)


8 posted on 07/06/2005 12:43:39 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Pikamax

Merde!
9 posted on 07/06/2005 12:43:49 PM PDT by Millee (So you're a feminist......isn't that cute??)
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To: Pikamax
"Chirac has been discredited inside and outside France,'' said Sylvain Garel, a Paris city council member from the Green Party in an interview. ``He was not an asset..."

Hey Jacques...enjoy your dinner with the Queen. My best to Tony also.

10 posted on 07/06/2005 12:47:28 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Pikamax
Heard last night that Chirac really stepped in it when said only Finland has worse food than England.

Two of the Olympic judges are from Finland.

11 posted on 07/06/2005 12:48:15 PM PDT by OldFriend (MERCY TO THE GUILTY IS CRUELTY TO THE INNOCENT ~ Adam Smith)
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To: Pikamax
Yep, the Hildabeast brought home the bacon for her electorate in NY State.

Hey, wait a minute. The meeting was in Singapore. That's pretty close to the PRC. I'm thinking the Singapore meeting gives Hitlery a plausible deniability while she meets with her peers in China.

12 posted on 07/06/2005 12:49:34 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: OldFriend

At least they still have the Tour De France. (with an American as the winner once again!)


13 posted on 07/06/2005 12:51:19 PM PDT by yobid
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To: Pikamax

Britain defeats both Chirac and Hillary. Lovely, utterly lovely.

Regards, Ivan


14 posted on 07/06/2005 12:51:35 PM PDT by MadIvan (You underestimate the power of the Dark Side - http://www.sithorder.com/)
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To: OldFriend

"Heard last night that Chirac really stepped in it when said only Finland has worse food than England.

"Two of the Olympic judges are from Finland."

Is it possible the Chirac is the reincarnation of George
Custer?


15 posted on 07/06/2005 12:52:21 PM PDT by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: Pikamax

Wow... this is really Chirac's year huh?!


16 posted on 07/06/2005 12:54:14 PM PDT by Betaille ("I turned 21 in prison doin' life without parole" Merle Haggard (lyrics))
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To: Pikamax

Sorta makes one want to believe in Karma.


17 posted on 07/06/2005 12:54:47 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (The Democrats have the right mascot; everyone knows what comes out of an ass)
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To: Pikamax
Maybe it's all for the best. Chirac would be much happier doing something he's qualified to do--hosting a French version of Hee Haw perhaps--or maybe slingling pommes frites at the Champs Elysee McDonalds. Something like that.
18 posted on 07/06/2005 12:56:14 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Love is the best aphrodesiac!)
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To: Destro; knighthawk; MadIvan

ping


19 posted on 07/06/2005 12:58:08 PM PDT by Wiz
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To: All
Paris Olympics failure is a blow for Chirac

In other news, former Pres. BJ Clinton is desperately seeking Paris Olympics' phone number.

20 posted on 07/06/2005 12:58:30 PM PDT by jigsaw (God Bless Our Troops!)
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21 posted on 07/06/2005 12:59:04 PM PDT by pure_capitalist (Proud Supporter of www.clubforgrowth.org)
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To: Ingtar

Yep, and don't hold your breath waiting to see that headline.


22 posted on 07/06/2005 12:59:13 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: Pikamax

non (EU) non (Olympic) and another non! (next president election in France)


23 posted on 07/06/2005 12:59:13 PM PDT by Wiz
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To: MadIvan

As one of the UK's most respected representatives, please accept America's heartfelt congratulations, and give our love to Cousin Lizzie.


24 posted on 07/06/2005 1:00:01 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Love is the best aphrodesiac!)
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25 posted on 07/06/2005 1:00:15 PM PDT by pure_capitalist (Proud Supporter of www.clubforgrowth.org)
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To: isthisnickcool
Oh i dont know she is easy on the eyes
26 posted on 07/06/2005 1:00:41 PM PDT by DM1
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To: yobid
Yikes, just heard on the news that President Bush was hurt when his bike collided with a police officer.

Hurt his hands and arms. Officer in hospital with an ankle injury.

27 posted on 07/06/2005 1:01:53 PM PDT by OldFriend (MERCY TO THE GUILTY IS CRUELTY TO THE INNOCENT ~ Adam Smith)
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To: Wyrm

Bush is being blamed elsewhere on the internet (by nuts). I prefer to think it was Hillary's charm.


28 posted on 07/06/2005 1:02:26 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: johniegrad

And the beat(ing) goes on.

Not the year of the frogs.


29 posted on 07/06/2005 1:03:17 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: DM1
According to Hello magazine, Paris Hilton wants to host her wedding ceremony in London at St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey or Windsor Castle, and sees no reason why the royal family shouldn't let her except for the fact that only British royals or heads of state can marry in the historical venues.
"I'm the closest thing to American royalty anyway," she said. Hilton has written to Prince Charles, begging for permission to hold her dream day at one of the venues.

Somebody should explain to Paris that walking around Los Angeles in a tiara doesn't automatically make you royalty. In fact, wearing a fake crown and pretending you're a princess actually makes you the opposite of royalty. And I'm not sure what the opposite of royalty is, but I believe it's something along the lines of a walking vagina shaped like a mantis.

30 posted on 07/06/2005 1:03:30 PM PDT by TheOtherOne (The scales of Justice are unbalanced.)
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To: Pikamax

French upon hearing the 2012 olympics will be in london..

31 posted on 07/06/2005 1:03:33 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (I musta taken a wrong turn at 198.182.159.17)
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To: MadIvan

I thought of you, when I heard the news........I am so happy for you. And all the Brits who are like you...

Cheers..........


32 posted on 07/06/2005 1:04:14 PM PDT by marmar (Even though I may look different then you...my blood runs red, white and blue.....)
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33 posted on 07/06/2005 1:04:33 PM PDT by pure_capitalist (Proud Supporter of www.clubforgrowth.org)
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To: Savage Beast

In turn, I invite all our American friends to London for 2012. Let there be much rejoicing...and a lot of alcohol. ;)

Regards, Ivan


34 posted on 07/06/2005 1:06:56 PM PDT by MadIvan (You underestimate the power of the Dark Side - http://www.sithorder.com/)
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To: N3WBI3

They were so looking forward to planting trees so the German team could march in the shade.


35 posted on 07/06/2005 1:07:49 PM PDT by dfwgator
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lol, yea I guess the reason they did not get it is because their history includes a parade of nations! through their streets.. And what nation does not have a parade because at some point theybeat the french (Mexico, Haiti, ....)...


36 posted on 07/06/2005 1:09:31 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (I musta taken a wrong turn at 198.182.159.17)
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37 posted on 07/06/2005 1:10:54 PM PDT by pure_capitalist (Proud Supporter of www.clubforgrowth.org)
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To: MadIvan

Sounds like a plan. London is going to put on a good show.


38 posted on 07/06/2005 1:11:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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39 posted on 07/06/2005 1:13:03 PM PDT by pure_capitalist (Proud Supporter of www.clubforgrowth.org)
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40 posted on 07/06/2005 1:13:59 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: yobid
French people express their love for Lance Armstrong.


41 posted on 07/06/2005 1:19:50 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: pure_capitalist

Yes, maybe Chirac could become a gay taxi dancer.


42 posted on 07/06/2005 1:19:57 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Love is the best aphrodesiac!)
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To: MadIvan

Okay, everybody, hear that? It's Family Reunion time in London--2012! Send your family photos to Mad Ivan.


43 posted on 07/06/2005 1:23:28 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Love is the best aphrodesiac!)
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To: MadIvan
Britain defeats both Chirac and Hillary.

Wots second prize? Hosting two Olympics? Don't take this the wrong way, but I was relieved that it wasn't New York. 225 miles is a lot closer'n I ever want to get to the 'Limpics.

France deserves the Olympics, Britain oughtn't elect politicians who engage in these ego trips. (Nor should 'Merica, but haven't we apologized for the Clintons enough?)

44 posted on 07/06/2005 1:24:11 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Deadcheck the embeds first.)
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To: Pikamax

Is Crow a French national dish?


45 posted on 07/06/2005 1:25:57 PM PDT by redstaterover
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To: Wyrm
" Bush Down in Dumps after Big Apple bites Olympic Dust"

You just had to work out the lead in tonight for CBS didn't you?!

I can just read it now, they'll be citing "Mr. Wyrm, a reliable conservative scoure close to the Administration" that the President is considering resignation now that New York failed to get the Olympics. The American Empire is now over and conservative Republicans are marching to the sea like lemmings to drown themselves for the shame of it all.

46 posted on 07/06/2005 1:27:18 PM PDT by An Old Marine
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To: Pikamax

I don't get it. Do we feel any less significant or less relevant because N.Y.C. was not selected? I sure don't. Our national ego wasn't dependent on the U.S. being selected. How small of an economy must you have to rely on hosting the Olympics 7 years in the future?


47 posted on 07/06/2005 1:27:59 PM PDT by loreldan
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To: Pikamax

The BRITs ought to let the french cater the affair since they believe their cusine is superior to the BRITs .


48 posted on 07/06/2005 1:30:37 PM PDT by lionheart 247365 (( I.S.L.A.M. ; ) Islam's Spiritual Leaders Advocate Murder .. .. .. ))
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To: righttackle44

Chirac has just invented a new dish.

"Le pied braisé avec la compote de framboise."

Chow down Jacques.


49 posted on 07/06/2005 1:32:26 PM PDT by beaver fever
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To: Pikamax

Sacre bleu!! Eet must, how-you-say, suck to be Jacques Iraq. It must truly bitez le big one.

He is up merde's creek sans paddle.


50 posted on 07/06/2005 1:37:10 PM PDT by Maceman (The Qur'an is Qur'ap.)
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