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French Official Blasts U.S., Allies
AP | 3/17/03 | PAMELA SAMPSON

Posted on 03/17/2003 1:03:20 PM PST by kattracks

PARIS, Mar 17, 2003 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- France lashed out at the United States, Britain and Spain on Monday for following a path toward military conflict with Iraq.

Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said the three nations had decided to abandon diplomacy at the United Nations because a large majority of the Security Council oppose their call for war against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

"Despite the will clearly expressed by the international community, the United States, Britain and Spain underlined today their determination to resort to force," de Villepin said in a statement. France "regrets a decision that is not justified today and that risks serious consequences for the region and the world."

His remarks followed harsh criticism from the United States and Britain earlier in the day.

U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte and British Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock singled out France for threatening to veto a proposed resolution that would have given Iraq an ultimatum to disarm by Monday or face military action.

Last week, President Jacques Chirac said France would use its veto to kill the resolution if it came up for a vote and won the nine votes needed for passage. France staunchly supports the work of U.N. weapons inspectors charged with overseeing the disarmament of Iraq and any nuclear, biological or chemical weapons it may possess.

Weeks of intense diplomacy and pressure from the Bush administration failed to convince a majority of the council's 15 members that the time for war had come. The resolution would have authorized war anytime after Monday unless Iraq proved before then that it had disarmed.

De Villepin said he was still evaluating the situation to determine whether to withdraw diplomatic personnel from the region. On Sunday, however, diplomats in Baghdad and Paris said the French mission in Iraq would evacuate the country if U.N. weapons inspectors started pulling out.

In Moscow, meanwhile, the Kremlin press service said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chirac spoke by telephone and "underlined the necessity of continuing, despite the serious worsening of circumstances, the political-diplomatic efforts in the framework of the United Nations." Russia and Germany have strongly aligned themselves with the French stance for peaceful disarmament of Iraq.

Earlier Monday, de Villepin also told reporters that despite the disagreement over Iraq, France remains an "ally" and "a friend" of the United States and that it would offer assistance after a war.

"We will respond to the demands of our allies," he said. De Villepin added that France would continue to allow U.S. military aircraft to fly through French airspace.

France had also said it was willing to accept a 30-day deadline for Iraq to disarm, provided the move was endorsed by the chief U.N. weapons inspectors. But U.S. officials have dismissed the idea as a nonstarter.

By PAMELA SAMPSON Associated Press Writer



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1 posted on 03/17/2003 1:03:20 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Well, geez, Domonique, you don't have to get snippy about it.
2 posted on 03/17/2003 1:08:37 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: kattracks
From THE nation that fought US solders enroute to get Hitler- This can only be considered a compliment.
3 posted on 03/17/2003 1:10:01 PM PST by Kay Soze (France - "Where the worms live above ground")
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To: kattracks
The frogs have to be going nuts with Bush besting them and others at every turn. BUMP!!
4 posted on 03/17/2003 1:10:08 PM PST by conservativecorner
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To: kattracks
He is so FoS
5 posted on 03/17/2003 1:10:12 PM PST by Kimlee
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To: kattracks
De Villepin said he was still evaluating the situation to determine whether to withdraw diplomatic personnel from the region.

Leave them there, you sissy. They'd make great human shields.

6 posted on 03/17/2003 1:10:21 PM PST by Guillermo (Sic 'Em)
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To: kattracks
Waterloo, Agincourt, Franco-Prussian War: easy to see why one would be shy about military solutions.
7 posted on 03/17/2003 1:11:11 PM PST by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts: Proofs establish links)
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To: Catspaw
If we find the French supplied the Iraq Govt with WMD against the UN agreement we need to bring charges against France. That will settle the French once and for all. We do not need a boycott as much as we need prosecution.
8 posted on 03/17/2003 1:11:37 PM PST by paguch
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To: kattracks

9 posted on 03/17/2003 1:12:01 PM PST by w_over_w (Never bring a box cutter to a Jihad)
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To: kattracks
  
10 posted on 03/17/2003 1:12:58 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: kattracks
DeVille closed by saying "And now I will pull up my pants and go home."
11 posted on 03/17/2003 1:14:13 PM PST by Lexington Green
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To: kattracks
France pre-empted further diplomacy with their hard veto.
12 posted on 03/17/2003 1:14:49 PM PST by Consort
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To: kattracks
Msr. Villepin: Taissez-vous, you sacke of shite.
13 posted on 03/17/2003 1:15:07 PM PST by UncleSamUSA (the land of the free and the home of the brave)
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To: UncleSamUSA
Go fight for the other side if your so upset, Jacqui...
14 posted on 03/17/2003 1:16:09 PM PST by epluribus_2
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To: paguch
There will be consequences for France, short term and long term. We know it, they know it, everyone knows it. What they don't know is what form it will take.
15 posted on 03/17/2003 1:16:28 PM PST by Catspaw
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To: kattracks
De Villepin said he was still evaluating the situation to determine whether to withdraw diplomatic personnel from the region...

If the french really pull out, where will saddam seek refuge?

16 posted on 03/17/2003 1:16:53 PM PST by js1138
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To: Guillermo
"Leave them there, you sissy."


Sissy. My favorite word for France. Eurosissy even beter.
17 posted on 03/17/2003 1:17:07 PM PST by Bulldogs22
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To: kattracks
"Mon pompadour ees queevereeng avec le rage!
18 posted on 03/17/2003 1:17:09 PM PST by ricpic
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To: kattracks
>> he was still evaluating the situation to determine whether to withdraw diplomatic personnel from the region <<

but at the last minute, they surrendered to the Iraqis and ar waiting patiently for the Americans to liberate them...AGAIN!
19 posted on 03/17/2003 1:18:31 PM PST by eyespysomething (Freedom isn't free, thank God for our Military. No really, get on your knees and Thank God!)
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To: RightWhale
The Germans lost both major wars last century...but still beat the French both times.
20 posted on 03/17/2003 1:18:46 PM PST by NeonKnight
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To: kattracks
Little detail you overlook, Duh-mon-eeek. World Trade Center, the attack on the USA and Iraq's ties to those terrorists makes any action by us a retaliatory strike, so stick it.
21 posted on 03/17/2003 1:18:46 PM PST by RGSpincich
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To: kattracks
Earlier Monday, de Villepin also told reporters that despite the disagreement over Iraq, France remains an "ally" and "a friend" of the United States and that it would offer assistance after a war.

You bet they will.

I hope they get the latrine concession.

22 posted on 03/17/2003 1:20:28 PM PST by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: kattracks
De Villepin said he was still evaluating the situation to determine whether to withdraw diplomatic personnel from the region...

Hopefully not before we "accidentally" bomb the French embassy in Bagdead (just like our "tired" pilots "accidentally" bombed the Frog's lilly pad in Libya in '86).

23 posted on 03/17/2003 1:20:47 PM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: kattracks
"Earlier Monday, de Villepin also told reporters that despite the disagreement over Iraq, France remains an "ally" and "a friend" of the United States and that it would offer assistance after a war".

Translation, "Even if we lack the courage to back you we'll have our smelly little hands out when it's over".

24 posted on 03/17/2003 1:21:03 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (RW&B)
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To: kattracks
GWB -- He's the MAN!!!!!
25 posted on 03/17/2003 1:21:10 PM PST by gakrak
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To: paguch
Absolutely! They deserve the worst.
26 posted on 03/17/2003 1:22:46 PM PST by gakrak
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To: kattracks

THIS JUST IN: Foreign Minister of Human Slugs (apology to slugs worldwide)
and French Opportunists Villepin was asked what he thought of French arrogance, stupidity,
terrorophilicity, and incompetance. He stopped, shook his head, held his nose, and said,
"Oui, France is a shitty little country of cheese-eating surrender monkeys,
BUT we are now on the side of Greenpeace rather than attacking them."


27 posted on 03/17/2003 1:22:47 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: kattracks
I noticed the blue-plate special at the U.N. cafeteria today is "French fried frog legs with YELLOW sauce".
28 posted on 03/17/2003 1:23:17 PM PST by Uncle George
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To: skeeter
"We will respond to the demands of our allies," he said. De Villepin added that France would continue to allow U.S. military aircraft to fly through French airspace.

that's all we need, girly-boy, now go assume your permanent & perpetual irrelevancy.

29 posted on 03/17/2003 1:23:17 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: skeeter
I hope they get the latrine concession.

And if they do a good job this time, we will give them brushes and gloves next time.

30 posted on 03/17/2003 1:23:47 PM PST by leadpencil1
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To: kattracks
Hey, Dominique, bite me.
31 posted on 03/17/2003 1:23:48 PM PST by MindyW
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To: kattracks
I can't believe the lengths these crybabies will go to to prove their girliness. They are not worthy to tie Joan of Arc's corset. I bite my nose at you cheeseweenies!
32 posted on 03/17/2003 1:24:21 PM PST by Edgar3
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To: UncleSamUSA
He is from that sh*tty mid sized country..
33 posted on 03/17/2003 1:24:59 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: kattracks
Anyone watching All-twit on CNN right now; poor looser cow, she's upset that her puss! boss didn't go to war when she was destroying our nation
34 posted on 03/17/2003 1:25:29 PM PST by Porterville (Screw the grammar, full posting ahead.)
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To: Bulldogs22
"Francopoofter"!
35 posted on 03/17/2003 1:25:38 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: Edgar3
tick, tick, tick ... oops, sorry! that's the end of the clock on this guy's 15 minutes of fame. Now he can go get Hans Blix and assume the position.
36 posted on 03/17/2003 1:26:06 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: kattracks
They're all a bunch of loosers, watch them to fall apart even more in the future.
37 posted on 03/17/2003 1:26:20 PM PST by Porterville (Screw the grammar, full posting ahead.)
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To: Lexington Green
DeVille closed by saying "And now I will pull up my pants and go home."

And Hans Blix yelled 'no, I'm not finished yet'

38 posted on 03/17/2003 1:26:53 PM PST by paul51
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To: kattracks
Is not he somewhat forgetful about the past and what we did to give the French their tower?

Now they partner with the bucket heads!

Now were are cooking!


39 posted on 03/17/2003 1:27:06 PM PST by jws3sticks ((Hillary can take a long walk on a short pier, too!))
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To: Bulldogs22
No, no, no... not "Eurosissy." Eurofags!
40 posted on 03/17/2003 1:27:29 PM PST by Spottys Spurs
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To: kattracks
I thought they said they wouldn't support any resolution with an ultimatum. Now they're saying they would support a 30 day ultimatum? Which is it?
41 posted on 03/17/2003 1:27:37 PM PST by TomEwall
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To: kattracks
de Villepin also told reporters that despite the disagreement over Iraq, France remains an "ally" and "a friend" of the United States and that it would offer assistance after a war.

How many different frenchies have said this, now? I think it's a warning. After the war, their "help" will become the next international debate. The left will hammer away that we can't do this alone, etc...

42 posted on 03/17/2003 1:27:52 PM PST by monkeywrench
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To: kattracks
France lashed out at the United States, Britain and Spain on Monday for following a path toward military conflict with Iraq.

You want a piece of this?
43 posted on 03/17/2003 1:30:20 PM PST by Djarum
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To: Porterville
Can you imagine what will happen if Sad-man sprays our troops with chemical weapons?

permanent embargo/boycott of frence products would be just the beginning.

Maybe we should present the first chemical shell to ignorance is blix. Opened of course.

snooker
44 posted on 03/17/2003 1:30:39 PM PST by snooker
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To: kattracks
FRUCK FANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
45 posted on 03/17/2003 1:32:15 PM PST by Delbert
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To: Steven W.
We will respond to the demands of our allies," he said. De Villepin added that France would continue to allow U.S. military aircraft to fly through French airspace.

Maybe they learned from the '86 Libya raid that our tired pilots make the most convenient mistakes with laser-guided bombs.

US to France: We no longer give a rat's posterior what you think or say. It is to our shame that we once did, not to mention the tens of thousands of fine young men that we wasted freeing you from the Krauts.

46 posted on 03/17/2003 1:33:27 PM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: kattracks
Despite their efforts so far, I think the stinky french hair-balls will run under our coat-tails the minute the bombs start to drop. They have fought to prevent action in an attempt to cover up their dealings with Suddam but fearing impending repercussions, they will cut their losses and go with the side of the winners. Chirac's loyalties will fly out the window as Suddam's empire tumbles. The little bastards will then come on hands and knees begging us for some of the fruits of war. At that point we should really put the screws to 'em!!
47 posted on 03/17/2003 1:33:47 PM PST by Extremist
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To: monkeywrench
Sure, let the French help after the war. They can patrol some rural, landlocked, and mountainous pro-Saddam holdout area where there is no oil, brothels or wine.
48 posted on 03/17/2003 1:35:11 PM PST by ambrose
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49 posted on 03/17/2003 1:38:43 PM PST by Nick Danger (Liberty Weekend March 22-23 www.freeper.org)
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To: ambrose
The French can help out by staffing the new Baghdad McDonalds.
50 posted on 03/17/2003 1:40:12 PM PST by ottersnot (Let's Roll. Free Iraq , then France. Sic Semper Tyrannus,)
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