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French PM Speaks Mind On Iraq
BBC World Service ^ | April 3, 2003

Posted on 04/03/2003 5:49:50 PM PST by Scoop

French PM speaks mind on Iraq

French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, has said that the United States erred in going to war with Iraq "morally, politically and strategically". The criticism is unusually direct compared to the normally measured terms of diplomatic exchanges between allies.

Mr Raffarin stressed that France was not anti-American but said the friendship allowed for frankness.

He was speaking on the eve of Friday's summit in Paris of the foreign ministers of France, Russia and Germany - the three countries most vocal in their opposition to the war. We think that with this war we've gone beyond the law

"It should be said - there was an alternative to war," he declared.

France was on the side of peace and law, without being pacifist, Mr Raffarin said, "and we think that with this war we've gone beyond the law".

Mr Raffarin regretted the "extreme violence" of the war and said it was a grave political error to "make trouble" in the Middle East.

France was strongly opposed to military action without exhausting all other means of disarming Iraq, and led efforts at the UN Security Council to give the weapons inspectors more time.

The remarks by Mr Raffarin were the most direct since his foreign minister Dominique de Villepin argued the French stance to the Security Council last month - receiving rare applause.

The French foreign minister is then heading for a meeting at the Vatican with Pope John Paul and talks with the foreign minister of Italy, who backs the US decision to go to war.


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Rumors that Mr. Raffarin followed his comments by waving a white flag and surrendering to a group of young schoolgirls have not been confirmed.
1 posted on 04/03/2003 5:49:50 PM PST by Scoop
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French PM Speaks Mind On Iraq - shouldn't take too long
2 posted on 04/03/2003 5:50:33 PM PST by RippleFire
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French PM Speaks Mind . . .

LOL! Walk and chew gum alert!

3 posted on 04/03/2003 5:55:56 PM PST by mombonn
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Interesting that the French get to speak frankly, but if someone from the US does the same, they are a cowboy.

Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin is just another "un-coalition" nut.


4 posted on 04/03/2003 5:56:20 PM PST by syriacus (Arnett had the word SUCKER pasted on his big forehead ... and the Iraqis knew how to use him.)
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To: RippleFire
France is "Old Europe" and the "New AntiSemitism"
in a country characterized below slugs and scorpions.


A 3-D GRAPH OF FRANCE's EMPTY CREDIBILITY AND ABSENT HONOR



5 posted on 04/03/2003 5:56:20 PM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us.)
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Oh Frenchie... get a backbone. You're trying to keep your political rating high, we see right through you.
6 posted on 04/03/2003 5:57:11 PM PST by livis_dad
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The French should talk. Let's not forget that they were involved in an "illegal war" in another country that was trying to overthrow a tyranical monarchy. The year was 1776 and...
7 posted on 04/03/2003 5:58:32 PM PST by danzaroni
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The PM better have a brain check to see if anybody is home.
8 posted on 04/03/2003 5:59:37 PM PST by cynicom
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"Mr Raffarin regretted the "extreme violence" of the war and said it was a grave political error to "make trouble" in the Middle East."

Yep, that peaceful area didn't need its tranquility disrupted < / obvious sarcasm>

9 posted on 04/03/2003 6:00:36 PM PST by realpatriot
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So, what was the alternative? Has it worked for 12 years? Why not?

HOW DOES LEAVING SADDAM IN POWER BRING PEACE TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ?
10 posted on 04/03/2003 6:01:04 PM PST by tuckrdout
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This puts me in mind of Coffee Anan's statement that he didn't realize the inevitability of military action until it was too late. De facto it got late awfully early--once we had a ton of people in the desert waiting to move, pulling them back without moving got hard very fast--too hard, months ago actually.

All the UN stuff was essentially beside the point. GHW Bush made the mistake of loading up all his forces, then letting the air out of the operation when the iron was hot. Whatever else Bush does, avoiding repeating GHW's mistakes is high on his priority list.

11 posted on 04/03/2003 6:02:05 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion
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Mr Raffarin stressed that France was not anti-American but said the friendship allowed for frankness.

And I am not anti-france but in the same spirit of frendship I must say that you are all greedy scum. And that your greed has caused many lives to be lost needlessly.

Payback will be a b*tch.

12 posted on 04/03/2003 6:02:56 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Faith Manages)
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Mr Raffarin stressed that France was not anti-American but said the friendship allowed for frankness.


How's this for frank? Frankly, Frenchie, we don't give a damn what you think. Can you spell irrelevant? Buh-Bye.
13 posted on 04/03/2003 6:05:10 PM PST by Tunehead54 (Saturday April 5, 2003 - Clearwater, FLorida Support Our Troops Rally! Be there!)
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United States erred in going to war with Iraq "morally,

But it was moral to sell Hussein a nuke plant.

14 posted on 04/03/2003 6:06:50 PM PST by Tribune7
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This moron STILL doesn't get it. Unbelievable.
15 posted on 04/03/2003 6:13:26 PM PST by yooper
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France is not our friend.

This is abundantly clear.

They are allies of our enemies.
16 posted on 04/03/2003 6:16:29 PM PST by tomahawk
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"It should be said" - That France and Chiraq personally are dirty with illegal Iraqi money and they are very busy trying to cover up their crimes.
17 posted on 04/03/2003 6:16:39 PM PST by RJL
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Mr Raffarin stressed that France was not anti-American but said the friendship allowed for frankness.

What friendship??

18 posted on 04/03/2003 6:18:10 PM PST by Centurion2000 (We are crushing our enemies, seeing him driven before us and hearing the lamentations of the liberal)
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To: Diogenesis

THE FRENCH CAN'T EVEN PICK THEIR NOSES RIGHT

19 posted on 04/03/2003 6:19:06 PM PST by Slyfox
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Come on President Bush ! Put that little cowardly duplicitious nation in it's place.
20 posted on 04/03/2003 6:22:35 PM PST by libertyfreedom28
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stfu...girly boy
21 posted on 04/03/2003 6:29:46 PM PST by mc10
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
I see it differently.
It was the French, not the coalition, the USA,UK,AU etc, who let the air go out of a final, unanimous, last chance UN sponcered attempt at taking the trash out in Iraq.
Every death, both coalition and Iraqi,is courtesy of Chirac and his third worlder minions at the UN.The French delusions of grandeur are as obscene as the "Arab streets" illiterate mob mentallity.They have fed off each other for so long, they now believe their own ficticious press reports.
If you can not see this clearly yet, you have not been paying attention, IMHO.





22 posted on 04/03/2003 6:35:46 PM PST by sarasmom
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French PM Speaks Mind On Iraq


Wow! The joke and punchline all in the same sentence.
23 posted on 04/03/2003 7:27:54 PM PST by Enemy Of The State
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I didn't know they had a mind. What mind? I think they meant out of thier mind s
24 posted on 04/03/2003 7:34:45 PM PST by Walnut
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Excuse me, did I hear "somebody" say something? No, I didn't think so: just another Frenchman passing gas...

Just who gives a D**M what any stinking Frenchman has to say about anything, ever again? The only value in listening to a Frenchman is for his comic value, and M. Raffakin just isn't that funny. He's only pathetic in his ignorance.

25 posted on 04/03/2003 7:48:07 PM PST by Nevermore
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