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TotalFinaElf (French Oil co.) sees Iraqi contracts
CNN Money ^ | April 22, 2003 | Reuters

Posted on 04/22/2003 12:45:55 PM PDT by FairOpinion

Edited on 04/29/2004 2:02:26 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

PARIS (Reuters) - French oil company TotalFinaElf does not expect to be frozen out of oil contracts in Iraq despite France's tough opposition to the U.S.-led war, the firm's chief of exploration and production said Tuesday.

In an interview with the newspaper Le Figaro, Christophe de Margerie dismissed rumors Total was on a "black list" of firms that will be denied lucrative contracts in post-war Iraq, although he stressed the firm remains vigilant.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bushdoctrineunfold; chirac; contracts; france; iraq; oilcompany; rebuild; totalfinaelf; warlist
To say that I will be extremely disappointed if we give ANYTHING to the French, is an understatement. I hope the Iraqis feel the same way, if not, someone needs to remind them.
1 posted on 04/22/2003 12:45:56 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
". . . dismissed rumors Total was on a "black list" of firms"

Since Chirac called Bush twice last week, I wonder: Is this the tradeoff between Bush and Chirac to have France start calling for an end to UN sanctions by keeping Total Fina Elf stay in production under French control?
2 posted on 04/22/2003 12:50:36 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: lilylangtree
Frankly, I am rather tired that we keep appeasing them, I would rather go and take over France, heck, it probably wouldn't even take a month.

3 posted on 04/22/2003 12:52:55 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
The French indirectly KILLED American soldiers. They should get ZERO from Iraq. In fact, they should pay the New Iraq all the money that Saddam stole and gave to the French Slimes.
4 posted on 04/22/2003 12:53:46 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: FairOpinion; Grampa Dave
Perhaps bad news, and good news for the Chretien family. But like any CEO, he's worried about "appearances" and bad news that might effect stock price.
5 posted on 04/22/2003 12:54:13 PM PDT by Shermy (Full disclosure of Food For Oil books...No Compromise!!!)
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To: FairOpinion
I hope the Iraqis feel the same way, if not, someone needs to remind them.

Yes, let all the facts be known of TotalFinaElf, and let the Iraqi people know exactly how hard the French, German, Russian, and Chinese governments sought to prevent the overthrow of Saddam and his regime. If the French had had their way, the Iraqis would still be being hauled off to those torture prisons. The Iraqi Shias couldn't hold their festivals. Let all the facts be publicized across Iraq and the rest of the middle east, not that they will believe it because facts have no meaning in that culture, only emotion.

6 posted on 04/22/2003 12:56:18 PM PDT by xJones
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To: Shermy; FairOpinion; BOBTHENAILER
Elf Oil h as much of a chance to get anything in the new Iraq as I have in setting new World records in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter dashes run back to back.
7 posted on 04/22/2003 12:57:17 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: FairOpinion
The French ability for self-delusion is immeasurable.
8 posted on 04/22/2003 12:57:29 PM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: FairOpinion
From the Mark Steyn column Welcome to Anglo-Saxon reality:

France, Germany, Russia, Belgium and Canada are not on the side of peace or morality or the Iraqi people. The pictures from the streets of Baghdad make that plain. But we are on the side of TotalFinaElf. Twice in recent columns, Diane Francis has mentioned, almost en passant, a curious little fact:

The Western oil company with the closest ties to the late Saddam is France's TotalFinaElf. That's not the curious fact, that's just business as usual in the Fifth Republic. This is the curious fact: As Diane wrote in February and again last week, "Total's biggest shareholder is Montreal's Paul Desmarais, whose youngest son is married to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's daughter."

Let's see if I've got this straight: TotalFinaElf's largest shareholder is a subsidiary of Montreal's Power Corp, whose co-chief executive is Jean Chrétien's son-in-law, Andre Desmarais. Mr. Desmarais' brother, Paul Desmarais Jr., sits on the Total board.

For months, the anti-war crowd has insisted that "it's all about oil," that the only reason the Iraqi people were being "liberated" was so that the second biggest oil reserves in the world could be annexed in perpetuity by Dick Cheney and Halliburton and the rest of Bush's Texas oilpatch gang. Instead, it turns out that, if it is all about oil, then the principal North American beneficiary of the continued enslavement of the Iraqi people is the family of the Canadian Prime Minister -- that's to say, his daughter, France Chrétien, and his grandchildren.

-PJ

9 posted on 04/22/2003 12:58:31 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's not safe yet to vote Democrat.)
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To: FairOpinion; Shermy; BOBTHENAILER; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Timesink
Ooops, I failed to note that this is from the Bull $hit non news of Reuters.

Reuters hasn't gotten a thing correct since 9/11.

Reuters makes the NY Slimes and ABCNNBCBS look semi honest in comparison to Reuters.
10 posted on 04/22/2003 12:59:24 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: FairOpinion
Article:
3:53:42 PM
Brussels, April 9 - French oil giant Totalfinaelf staked its claim Wednesday to a role in rebuilding Iraq once the dust settles from the US-led war.

Totalfinaelf chairman Thierry Desmarest said "International law must be respected" when the United States hands out reconstruction contracts.

"Calls for international tenders must be launched to determine who will take part in the reconstruction and the development," he said.

Desmarest said Totalfinaelf holds the "trump cards" in Iraq's oil industry with drilling concessions in the southern region of Bassorah.

Link: Total (French Oil Co) Wants a Role in Post-War Iraq, link provided by your friendly neighbordhood Iranian Media, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.



11 posted on 04/22/2003 1:00:02 PM PDT by cgk (Op. Iraqi Freedom Hero Tribute: http://home.earthlink.net/~mrskoz/index.html)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Thanks for reposting this interesting tidbit about Elf and its relationship to relations of Creatian!
12 posted on 04/22/2003 1:00:28 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: FairOpinion
Tack on a $50/barrel surcharge and let them pump to their hearts content. That's AFTER they supply us will all of their illegal arms and other "embargo" sales paperwork and pay the appropriate fines!
13 posted on 04/22/2003 1:07:11 PM PDT by Normal4me
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To: cgk
What a laugh -- if Desmarest was so concerned about international law, he wouldn't have signed contracts with a regime who specialized in torturing, raping, and murdering its own people.
14 posted on 04/22/2003 1:09:10 PM PDT by Mister Magoo
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To: Grampa Dave
Elf Oil h as much of a chance to get anything in the new Iraq as I have in setting new World records in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter dashes run back to back.

Now I know they have no chance.

15 posted on 04/22/2003 1:20:04 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Amasing! It was about oil all right, for those who were trying to keep Saddam in power, so THEIR oil keeps flowing and the heck with the Iraqi people.

This Canadian tie to the French oil company is very interesting. Can you imagine, if Bush had such relationship to a foreign oil company?!
16 posted on 04/22/2003 1:28:02 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Hey, I can still catch my 4 year old grand daughter when she takes off sprinting trying to get away. She is really fast and can run forever.

However, I will not be setting any World Sprint records. Nor will Elf oil be getting any more Iraqi oil for awhile.
17 posted on 04/22/2003 1:28:51 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: FairOpinion
Of all people, Senator Biden told some protestors last year that this was a war for oil, and the French had been fighting and winning the war for Iraqi oil for years.
18 posted on 04/22/2003 1:30:20 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: FairOpinion
TotalFinaElf (French Oil co.) sees Iraqi contracts

...getting rescinded.

19 posted on 04/22/2003 1:38:50 PM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: cgk; *war_list; W.O.T.; *Bush Doctrine Unfold; Dog Gone; Grampa Dave; blam; Sabertooth; ...
Desmarest said Totalfinaelf holds the "trump cards" in Iraq's oil industry with drilling concessions in the southern region of Bassorah.

They have not understood that the Game Table just got turned over!

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20 posted on 04/22/2003 1:54:47 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Where is Saddam? and where is Tom Daschle?)
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To: FairOpinion
Ditto

Had it been for the French there would be no pilgrimage to Karbala!

hey would still be prisoners!

This was the status quo France, ANSWER, Susan Sarandon and Martin Sheen fought to protect:

21 posted on 04/22/2003 2:52:09 PM PDT by Kay Soze (For every 100 Osamas created in the fight on terrorism - we shall simply elect one more "W")
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To: FairOpinion
I wonder what would happen if Chirac were to show up in the middle of Baghdad? My instincts are telling me that he would recieve a whoop of a$$ by Iraqi civilians. Years from now, I suspect the people of Iraq are not going to forget what France didn't do to help them, thus leaving them out in the cold for a very long time!
22 posted on 04/22/2003 6:03:13 PM PDT by Arpege92
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