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FRANCE WILL NOT JOIN COALITION
AP

Posted on 02/04/2003 7:50:39 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat

*********URGENT FROM THE AP***********

PARIS –– British Prime Minister Tony Blair fails to persuade France to join coalition ready to take quick action against Iraq.


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P*****s.
1 posted on 02/04/2003 7:50:39 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat
So what?!? We're better off without them.
2 posted on 02/04/2003 7:51:16 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Recovering_Democrat
This is all the AP reports. (so far)
3 posted on 02/04/2003 7:51:27 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat
BREAKING NEWS! France surrenders to the A.P.!!
4 posted on 02/04/2003 7:51:39 AM PST by Trust but Verify
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Good news. To borrow from another FReeper, Heave La France!
5 posted on 02/04/2003 7:51:56 AM PST by Coop
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Good.
6 posted on 02/04/2003 7:51:58 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Mon dieu, Tony Blair in talks with France..Frog army surrenders!
7 posted on 02/04/2003 7:52:09 AM PST by ewing
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To: Trust but Verify
LOL -This is series! I am getting in the shower. France just surrendered to the AP Wire
8 posted on 02/04/2003 7:53:07 AM PST by ewing
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To: dfwgator
I agree. In the post-war Iraq, America and her allies need to be sure the new government and the people fully understand how France dealt with Saddam: how they coddled him, wanted him to continue ruling, and refused to liberate them.
9 posted on 02/04/2003 7:53:08 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Just for that, I'm boycotting french fries. Let's see how they like that.
10 posted on 02/04/2003 7:53:23 AM PST by savedbygrace
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To: Recovering_Democrat
If they were on our side they would just run and tell everything they heard to the other side.
11 posted on 02/04/2003 7:53:24 AM PST by Diana Rose
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To: Recovering_Democrat
P*****s.

Ditto that. Let 'em stew in their own funky stench.

12 posted on 02/04/2003 7:53:25 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Let them eat sh@t!!

Do you know why the French plants trees on both sides of their Blvds.?

So the Germans can march in the shade!
13 posted on 02/04/2003 7:53:26 AM PST by conservativecorner
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To: Coop
Heave La France Security Council bump!
14 posted on 02/04/2003 7:53:56 AM PST by ewing
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To: Recovering_Democrat
All we want is an abstention.
15 posted on 02/04/2003 7:53:57 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Best news i've heard all day. can't wait to see France to lay claim to the spoils of war. Should be a hoot.
16 posted on 02/04/2003 7:54:08 AM PST by Cosmo
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To: Recovering_Democrat
It is wrong to be French!
17 posted on 02/04/2003 7:54:31 AM PST by Phantom Lord (No Remorse)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
And?

Why would we need the surrender monkeys for any military action?

Five bucks says they'll want to be the first in AFTER the conflict is over.
18 posted on 02/04/2003 7:54:32 AM PST by conservativemusician (The U.S. makes progress...... the French make cheese)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Good, who needs the cheese-eating surrender monkeys? It seems to me that the historical record demonstrates that having France as an ally is not exactly a guarantee of winning any war - and is quite possibly the Kiss of Death.
19 posted on 02/04/2003 7:54:35 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: Recovering_Democrat
France won't join???

Now the war will be shorter and successful...drats...
20 posted on 02/04/2003 7:54:35 AM PST by evolved_rage (Kill a commie for mommie)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I do not dislike the French from the vulgar antipathy between neighbouring nations, but for their insolent and unfounded airs of superiority.
Horace Walpole
21 posted on 02/04/2003 7:54:52 AM PST by Valin (Age and deceit beat youth and skill)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Bookmark this ... And check their rhetoric AFTER the victory is won.
22 posted on 02/04/2003 7:54:55 AM PST by JennysCool
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To: Recovering_Democrat
there goes EuroDisney..
23 posted on 02/04/2003 7:55:00 AM PST by ewing
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To: Recovering_Democrat
What was that Bush said? You're either with us, or you're with the terrorists. France is now a terrorist nation. They should go to the top of the list on where we'll go after Iraq. To hell with the cheese-eaitng surrender monkeys!

24 posted on 02/04/2003 7:55:09 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (_*_)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I just saw a thread stating that their air craft carrier (singular, read "French navy") is in the gulf. What do we make of this in light of the current post?
25 posted on 02/04/2003 7:55:10 AM PST by Constitutional Patriot (hillary is a marxist who wants to destroy our constitution.)
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To: dfwgator
The food might not be as good when we roll Iraq, but the result will be the same.
26 posted on 02/04/2003 7:55:18 AM PST by Republic of Texas (amydave.com....what?)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
We can only hope that some terrible tragedy befalls France and they come begging to us for help and President Bush tells them NO!
27 posted on 02/04/2003 7:55:25 AM PST by Phantom Lord (No Remorse)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Dear France,

In the words of the Seinfeld soup Nazi...

"No oil for you!!"

W.
28 posted on 02/04/2003 7:55:30 AM PST by ez ("If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning." - GWB)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Good. That makes it clear. When we find their dirty fingers in Saddam's armoury we can show the evidence to the world.

Let's hope that multilateralism dies an appropriate, timely, and highly public death. For too long it has been a cover for accountability.
29 posted on 02/04/2003 7:55:31 AM PST by Carry_Okie (Because there are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: conservativecorner
It's all about currency according to some. I cannot imagine France would benefit from the collapse of the American economy vis a vis an attack on US currency but that is exactly what the Axis of Evil in actively engaged in doing. Peg Oil dollars to euros and *voila* no more single superpower.
30 posted on 02/04/2003 7:55:39 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: Constitution Day
CANADA.COM:

LE TOUQUET, France (AP) - Despite British lobbying, French President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday said he remained steadfastly opposed to war against Iraq without giving U.N. weapons inspectors as much time they need to do their work.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to the seaside town of Le Touquet with the primary goal of persuading Chirac to back down from his anti-war stance and support a second U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing military force against Baghdad.

But Chirac will continue to insist that inspectors be given as much time as they judge necessary.

In an interview on national television late last month, Chirac indicated he favored granting a request by the United Nation's chief inspectors for several more months to determine whether Saddam Hussein's government is hiding weapons of mass destruction.

There was no indication Tuesday that the timetable Chirac envisions for the weapons inspectors had changed.

"France is waiting to see what Colin Powell says tomorrow and what (weapons inspector Hans) Blix says on the 14th," Chirac said at a joint press conference with Blair.

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, bidding for U.N. support, is set to present evidence Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council that Iraq has hidden large caches of weapons of mass destruction from international inspectors and has defied calls to disarm.

Despite their differences, both countries agree that Iraq must disarm and that the United Nations should remain the forum for deciding whether military action is undertaken, Chirac said.

Blair has been a key backer of the Bush administration's position that time is running out for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to give up weapons of mass destruction and that force may be the only way to disarm him. Britain has sent 35,000 troops to the Persian Gulf to prepare for a possible war.

Chirac, however, has been the lead advocate for a slower approach. He insists the decision on whether to go to war rests with the Security Council - not the United States.

Blair supports Bush's stance that U.N. backing might not be necessary. But his government has stressed that it would be better to win Security Council support, which means winning over France.

On an interview on France's RTL radio, British Foreign Office minister Denis MacShane said: "As a friend of France, I find it difficult to believe that France won't wind up supporting the authority of the United Nations."

On Monday, Blair told the British parliament that the United Nations could be discredited if it fails to follow through on demands that Saddam disarm.

"Show weakness now and no one will ever believe us when we try to show strength in the future," the British leader said.

Last week, eight European leaders, including Blair, wrote a statement of support for Bush that appeared in newspapers around the world, indirectly reprimanding France and Germany for mounting pressure against U.S. preparations for war. Germany has said flatly it would not participate in any military operation against Iraq.

31 posted on 02/04/2003 7:55:44 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Good news. All they would do is weaken the line anyway.
32 posted on 02/04/2003 7:55:49 AM PST by ladtx (Hey, what's this line for?)
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To: CholeraJoe; hobbes1; dubyaismypresident; Cyber Liberty
calling my fave francophiles....
33 posted on 02/04/2003 7:55:52 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: Valin
Most excellent and appropriate quote!

FRegards...

34 posted on 02/04/2003 7:56:02 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I think this is GOOD news. If they DID join, I would be very concerned about operational security.
35 posted on 02/04/2003 7:56:19 AM PST by Vinnie_Vidi_Vici
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To: Recovering_Democrat
PARIS –– British Prime Minister Tony Blair fails to persuade France to join coalition ready to take quick action against Iraq.

Losers

NA NA NA NA... NA NA NA NA ... HEY HEY ... GOOOD BYE

NA NA NA NA... NA NA NA NA ... HEY HEY ... GOOOD BYE

NA NA NA NA... NA NA NA NA ... HEY HEY ... GOOOD BYE say it again now...


36 posted on 02/04/2003 7:56:25 AM PST by lavaroise
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To: Recovering_Democrat
GOOD! Now we have a place Susan Sarandon, Babs, and that "Agency" jerk can move to...
37 posted on 02/04/2003 7:56:50 AM PST by ez ("If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning." - GWB)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
When Churchill was asked how he felt when Italy invaded France in 1940, he said,

"It seems only fair. We had them last time".

Good riddance to the soon-to-be Islamic Republic of Tours.

We're not coming back this time.

38 posted on 02/04/2003 7:56:57 AM PST by Jim Noble
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To: Trust but Verify
Who says that France was our ally during WWII?

The truth is that France caved in surprisingly fast to the Germans and then enthusiastically became Vichy France. They persecuted the Jews, they persecuted the VERY few members of the French underground, and they actively opposed us in the N. Africa campaign and in naval necessities in the Atlantic.

After WWII, when confronted with the need to oppose the Soviet Union, it was France who tipped the apple cart by telling America that our soldiers were not welcome on French soil. In Vietnam, incapable of containing a budding communist movement, the French didn't ally with America....they pulled out. Oh, Korea.....Korea was a UN action. Does anyone know what France contributed? ONE (1) Battalion and ONE (1) Naval Vessel -- they were right up there with Ethiopia and Columbia. Battalions were larger at that time -- in the neighborhood of 1000 troops -- so this isn't an attempt to impugn the 260 French who died in the Korean War. However, it does say that a nation the size of France seems suspiciously underrepresented.


When has France been our ally?

Desert Storm. That's it. I believe they had a brigade or division perform a blocking action on the western edge of Schwarzkopf's "hail Mary."
39 posted on 02/04/2003 7:57:03 AM PST by xzins (Babylon - You have been weighed in the balance and been found wanting.)
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To: Constitutional Patriot
They need to fill up, and want to use our tankers?
40 posted on 02/04/2003 7:57:10 AM PST by Republic of Texas (amydave.com....what?)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I was watching Apocalypse Now Redux last night - one of the more interesting parts put back into the film is when they encounter the French plantation.

I thought it was hilarious when the owner of the plantation says, "World War II, we lose, Algeria we lose, Vietnam we lose!". I guess they've decided the "only winning move is not to play". ;)

Regards, Ivan

41 posted on 02/04/2003 7:57:14 AM PST by MadIvan
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To: Constitutional Patriot
I say we do the same thing we did in WWII, sink all French vessels as they may be used by the enemy. Of course, then who will be left to fight Greenpeace?
42 posted on 02/04/2003 7:57:15 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Hopefully, Powell's presentation tomorrow will completely marginalize Chirac
and Schroeder, and we can end the charade that France and Germany are our "allies".
43 posted on 02/04/2003 7:57:27 AM PST by MamaLucci
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Heard part of the press conference. One reporter was practically apoplectic over the "Old Europe" characterisation and mentioned Rumsfeld by name. My, my. Hit a nerve!

Chirac, don't slip on your Brie on the way out.

45 posted on 02/04/2003 7:58:26 AM PST by GVnana
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Then France can F- off!
46 posted on 02/04/2003 7:58:45 AM PST by rintense (Go Get 'Em Dubya!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
That is Great News.

Now they can't, ahem, Weasel in on the bennies of Iraqi liberation.

47 posted on 02/04/2003 7:58:58 AM PST by happygrl
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I'm not surprised that Chirac's country is refusing to side against Iraq.

After all, Jacques Chirac was known in the 70's as Sheikh Iraq, because he was such a good friend of Saddam.

48 posted on 02/04/2003 7:59:17 AM PST by syriacus (Those who attempt to cool the earth would bring freezing death to the poor and homeless)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Well, if nothing else, the coalition will smell better...
49 posted on 02/04/2003 7:59:39 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (HHD)
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To: Constitutional Patriot
They will hang in the background until after victory is won, and then want to march into Baghdad in the lead. It's the same thing they did in Paris during WWII, so why should it be any different now?
50 posted on 02/04/2003 7:59:42 AM PST by conservativecorner
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