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  • Just 18% View France as Ally

    03/24/2006 11:51:08 AM PST · by demlosers · 15 replies · 857+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 23 March 2006
    March 23, 2006--Only 18% of Americans agree that France is an ally in the war on terror. Almost as many believe France is an enemy in that war. But most (57%) say that France's status lies "somewhere in between" ally and enemy. Democrats are more likely than Republicans to regard France as an ally, and less likely to regard her as an enemy. Our November, 2004 survey, taken not long after a presidential campaign largely focused on Iraq and the war on terror, found that 31% of Americans were then willing to characterize France as an enemy in the war...
  • Psychosis in the French soul (George Walden reviews The American Enemy by Philippe Roger)

    04/17/2005 7:19:50 AM PDT · by Valin · 7 replies · 592+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3/4/05 | George Walden
    Here is a tasty statistic: when the US went into Iraq a survey showed that America's popularity plunged everywhere - except in France. The French opposed the invasion vehemently, but the country was already so saturated in anti-Americanism that the index scarcely flickered. Which makes Philippe Roger, a professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, a brave and lonely man. His book is that seemingly impossible thing: an attack on French Americophobia written by a Frenchman. For, as he demonstrates in this scholarly yet highly entertaining work, the French allergy to all things American is a national...
  • Chirac Remains Determined to Lift EU Embargo on Arms Sales to China

    03/28/2005 10:46:30 AM PST · by FlyLow · 10 replies · 430+ views
    CNS News ^ | 3-28-05 | Patrick Goodenough
    While visiting Japan, French President Jacques Chirac has defended his push to lift a European Union arms embargo on China, disagreeing with his hosts on an issue that has contributed to diplomatic tensions between Japan and China. France and Germany are spearheading a campaign to end the E.U.'s 16-year-old ban on arms sales to Beijing by June, a drive that has been complicated by China's recent passage of a law permitting the use of force against Taiwan. Like the United States, Japan is concerned that lifting the embargo will upset the military balance in East Asia by enabling China to...
  • Chirac Stabs Blair in Back (Lie down with Crapweasels, get up with worms)

    03/23/2005 7:09:12 PM PST · by quidnunc · 19 replies · 1,090+ views
    The Sun [UK] ^ | March 24, 2005 | Nic Cecil
    Brussels – BACK-STABBING Jacques Chirac last night repaid Tony Blair for helping him by trying to sabotage Britain’s £3billion EU rebate. The double betrayal came only hours after Mr Blair rescued the French President from angry French unions. FIRST Mr Chirac joined calls for Brussels to axe our refund. THEN he accused British and American economic policy of exporting death to the Third World. Mr Blair had been banking on France to help save the 20-year-old rebate. Even with the rebate Britain pays more than TWO AND A HALF TIMES as much as the French. Without it, the Treasury’s share...
  • John Adams: He Also Hated the French

    03/15/2005 10:12:50 AM PST · by quidnunc · 47 replies · 2,006+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 15, 2005 | Amity Shlaes
    Is the US still at war? Fighting as vague a conflict as the war on terror is hard, polarizing citizens and rendering difficult Washington's decisions about civil liberties at home. Washington is also preoccupied with sustaining its alliance with London. The US is aware that Britain may eventually opt for the Eurosphere over the Anglosphere. But these tensions are not new, as James Grant points out in a new biography of John Adams, America's second president. Compare the Adams presidency to the current one and several truths emerge. The first is that quasi-wars split electorates more sharply than traditional wars....
  • Chirac snub to Bush

    02/22/2005 6:20:20 PM PST · by wagglebee · 129 replies · 3,864+ views
    UK Sun ^ | 2/22/05 | UK Sun
    IRAQ war wobbler Jacques Chirac scuttled George Bush’s fence-mending trip to Europe yesterday — by cranking up a row over the future of Nato. He embraced a German-led plot to ditch the alliance as the backbone of transatlantic relations, in favour of the European Union. He also snubbed President Bush by speaking French at a dinner, despite having fluent English.
  • Bush Says He Harbors No Bitterness Toward Chirac

    02/19/2005 6:34:15 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 16 replies · 560+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2-19-05 | Steve Holland
    Bush Says He Harbors No Bitterness Toward Chirac Sat Feb 19, 2:03 PM ET Politics - Reuters By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) says he has no bitterness toward French President Jacques Chirac after their tussle over Iraq (news - web sites), but he is taking issue with a Chirac notion that a united Europe would serve as a counterbalance to the United States. In run-up to his trip to Europe, Bush underscored in media interviews with European journalists his second-term drive to foster improved trans-Atlantic relations and work on common problems like Iraqi...
  • Renewed Call To Boycott France

    02/18/2005 7:58:30 AM PST · by srm913 · 64 replies · 1,283+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 18, 2005 | Bill O'Reilly
    When are we Americans going to wise up? How many times does the French government, led by Jacques Chirac (search), have to put all of us in danger before we get the picture? France is helping worldwide terrorism. Here's the latest. France has said no to Secretary of State Rice, who asked the Chirac government to designate Hezbollah (search) as a terrorist group. If France would do that, Hezbollah could not raise money in Europe, which it is now doing through various charitable fronts. There is no question Hezbollah is a terrorist group. It was responsible for killing more than...
  • Screw France

    01/06/2005 6:30:40 PM PST · by Evremond · 5 replies · 355+ views
    Did you know that in 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson sent marines to the Dominican Republic to protect American citizens during a violent civil war, President Charles de Gaulle of France condemned the intervention. In a secret message to Washington, however, he asked for help defending the French Embassy. Johnson did so, but never heard a word of thanks, in public or private. Why do we consider France an ally? Why does our government pretend to be so chummy with a nation whose government has made it policy to move farther away from us, to constantly try to counter our...
  • Bordeaux wine exports sink in 2004 (USA sales plummet, boycott is working!!!)

    01/06/2005 6:47:18 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 71 replies · 1,977+ views
    Expatica ^ | January 7, 2005 | AFP
    BORDEAUX, France, Jan 6 (AFP) - Bordeaux wine producers announced more depressing export figures Thursday, with sales to the United States down by more than a third in a year. Overall exports from the historic wine region of southwest France were down 10 percent in volume and 24 percent in value for the first three quarters of 2004 compared to the same period in 2003, according to the Interprofessional Council of Bordeaux Wine (CIVB). Exports to the United States were down by a massive 35 percent in volume and 59 percent in value, and sales to Britain down by 21...
  • French Lessons (Our Oldest Enemy)

    01/01/2005 11:52:08 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 35 replies · 9,547+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | January 17, 2004 | Robert O. Paxton
    The myth of eternal Franco-American friendship is fair game. John J. Miller, a journalist with National Review, and Mark Molesky, assistant professor of history at Seton Hall University, offer a counter-myth: that France has directed unstinting malice against America from the beginning. The book opens with a blood-curdling narrative of the Deerfield massacre (1704), when Indians abetted by French-Canadian authorities attacked English settlers in western Massachusetts. They killed men, women, and children, scalped some of the victims and ate some of their flesh, and abducted hostages. The writing has verve, and the reader’s face tingles with anger.But Miller/Molesky’s account is...
  • Four more years of French-Bashing?

    12/12/2004 6:03:37 PM PST · by CT CONSERVATIVE · 87 replies · 2,079+ views
    Miquelon.org ^ | November 19th 2004 | Marc Saint-Aubin du Cormier
    After an acrimonious and difficult election campaign, the American Electoral System has put forth the proposition that George W. Bush lead the country for four more years. One of the president’s first appointments is Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State. This choice means that Bush intends to conduct his dogmatic foreign policy from the right of centre, in continuation with his current record without the weak, yet moderating influence of Colin Powell.
  • 57% Have Unfavorable Opinion of France

    11/29/2004 10:04:36 AM PST · by demlosers · 45 replies · 3,255+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | November 17, 2004
    Wednesday November 17, 2004--Fifty-seven percent (57%) of American voters have an unfavorable view of France. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 25% have a favorable opinion of that nation. In fact, more Americans believe France is our enemy (31%) in the War on Terror than believe Jacques Chirac's country is our ally (22%). A plurality, 43%, believe that France's role is somewhere in between ally and enemy. These numbers stand in stark contrast to Great Britain. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of Tony Blair's country while only 9% have an unfavorable view. Eighty-three percent (83%)...
  • 'French' Becomes a Dirty Word in U.S. Campaign

    10/26/2004 8:05:05 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 26 replies · 663+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/26/04 | Sandra Maler
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For centuries the very mention of France has conjured up images of elegance and sophistication but in an increasingly heated U.S. presidential campaign, "French" has become a dirty word. Capitalizing on anti-French sentiment among some Americans following France's decision not to back the war in Iraq, some Republicans have repeatedly accused Democratic contender Sen. John Kerry of "looking French." The conservative press has jumped on the bandwagon, spurred by an anonymous Bush adviser making the comparison to The New York Times. Wall Street Journal commentator James Taranto, for example, has many times referred to Kerry as a...
  • Our Oldest Enemy-John J. Miller discusses how the French were never our friends

    10/18/2004 12:35:45 AM PDT · by kattracks · 75 replies · 1,943+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 10/18/04 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is John J. Miller, co-author of Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America's Disastrous Relationship with France.   FP: Mr. Miller, welcome to Frontpage Interview. It is a pleasure to have you here.   Miller: Thank you. I’m an admirer of your website.   FP: What motivated you to write this book?   Miller: The most immediate influence was the recent unpleasantness with France over Iraq, but a deeper motivation was a desire to look at the pervasive myth of Franco-American friendship. If you listen to the commentary about relations between the United States and France,...
  • Chirac bid to lift China arms ban

    10/08/2004 1:59:37 PM PDT · by Cornpone · 54 replies · 1,285+ views
    BBC World News ^ | 8 October 2004 | Caroline Wyatt
    French President Jacques Chirac says he regards the European arms embargo on China as outdated and wants it lifted as soon as possible. Chirac (right) sees rich opportunities in China's boom His remarks came ahead of his visit to China on Friday, and again France finds itself at odds with the US. Washington is urging the EU not to lift an embargo that was imposed after the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square. Mr Chirac's trip to China is aimed at boosting flourishing trade relations. When Chinese President Hu Jintao visited France earlier this year, Paris not only...
  • Saddam and the French Connection

    10/06/2004 5:10:59 PM PDT · by Ginifer · 31 replies · 891+ views
    Key points • Saddam bribery revealed • WMD said to have been destroyed • Blair accepts mistake over WMD Key quote "Just as I have had to accept that the evidence now is that there were not stockpiles of actual weapons ready to be deployed, I hope others have the honesty to accept that the report also shows that sanctions weren’t working" - Tony Blair SADDAM HUSSEIN believed he could avoid the Iraq war with a bribery strategy targeting Jacques Chirac, the President of France, according to devastating documents released last night. Memos from Iraqi intelligence officials, recovered by American...
  • Rice: Bush Didn't Mock France in Speech

    10/03/2004 12:12:28 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 24 replies · 667+ views
    AP ^ | 10/03/04 | WILLIAM C. MANN
    Rice: Bush Didn't Mock France in Speech WILLIAM C. MANN Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Bush has brought the oldest ally of the United States into his re-election campaign as a reason not to vote for his opponent, Sen. John Kerry. National security adviser Condoleezza Rice denied Sunday that Bush was holding France up to ridicule for saying in a campaign speech that Kerry would let "countries like France" decide when to use American force. Bush's audience in Allentown, Pa., booed at the mention of France. "There's no ridicule here. It's a statement of fact: The French didn't agree," Rice...
  • Paris and Berlin stay firm on Iraq

    09/28/2004 5:23:14 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 14 replies · 437+ views
    "French and German government officials say they will not significantly increase military assistance in Iraq even if John Kerry, the Democratic presidential challenger, is elected on November 2. Mr Kerry, who has attacked President George W. Bush for failing to broaden the US-led alliance in Iraq, has pledged to improve relations with European allies and increase international military assistance in Iraq. “I cannot imagine that there will be any change in our decision not to send troops, whoever becomes president,” Gert Weisskirchen, member of parliament and foreign policy expert for Germany's ruling Social Democratic Party, said in an interview. “That...
  • France pours cold water on Bush's sunny vision of Iraq (Champagne BARF)

    09/23/2004 11:35:02 PM PDT · by Mark Felton · 58 replies · 2,168+ views
    AFP ^ | 9/24/04 | AFP
    France, one of the harshest critics of the war that brought down Saddam Hussein, stressed it would not commit troops for Iraq despite appeals from the United States and United Nations. As Iraq Prime Minister Iyad Allawi met in Washington with US President George W. Bush and hailed the war as a success, France poured cold water on any slim hope it might send forces to help ease the post-war chaos. "As everyone knows, France did not approve of the conditions in which the conflict was unleashed. Neither today nor tomorrow will it commit itself militarily in Iraq," French Foreign...
  • France Set Us Up on Fake WMD Documents

    09/24/2004 12:03:03 AM PDT · by bstein80 · 22 replies · 736+ views
    UK Daily Telegraph ^ | Sep. 2004 | Bruce Johnston
    Agent Behind Fake Uranium Documents Worked for France By Bruce Johnston The Telegraph (UK) September 19, 2004 The Italian businessman at the centre of a furious row between France and Italy over whose intelligence service was to blame for bogus documents suggesting Saddam Hussein was seeking to buy material for nuclear bombs has admitted that he was in the pay of France. The man, identified by an Italian news agency as Rocco Martino, was the subject of a Telegraph article earlier this month in which he was referred to by his intelligence codename, "Giacomo". His admission to investigating magistrates in...
  • Public Burning of French Flag

    09/24/2004 12:57:37 AM PDT · by Conservative Chick In Texas · 24 replies · 1,145+ views
    Press Release, KOLE Fox News 1340 AM | 9-23-2004
    PRESS RELEASE September 23, 2004 Burn Baby Burn KOLE joins FOX’s Bill O’Reilly in his France Boycott Beaumont, Texas – KOLE (News Radio FOX 1340/1380 AM) FOX Morning Blend host Dominick Brascia announced this morning on his radio show that he will burn the flag of France and will join Bill O’Reilly of FOX News in his effort to boycott France. Brascia, along with co-hosts Debbie Wylde and Jeff Roberts, got angry after learning that, again, France was standing in the way of America’s War on Terrorism in Iraq. After putting together a list of all the problems America has...
  • French connection armed Saddam

    09/08/2004 12:08:10 AM PDT · by kattracks · 33 replies · 805+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/08/04 | Bill Gertz
    The United States stood by for years as supposed allies helped its enemies obtain the world's most dangerous weapons, reveals Bill Gertz, defense and national security reporter for The Washington Times, in the new book "Treachery" (Crown Forum). In this excerpt, he details France's persistence in arming Saddam Hussein.         First of three excerpts              New intelligence revealing how long France continued to supply and arm Saddam Hussein's regime infuriated U.S. officials as the nation prepared for military action against Iraq. The intelligence reports showing French assistance to Saddam ongoing in the late winter of 2002 helped explain why France refused...
  • A crisis for vintners (French wine boycott works)

    09/06/2004 7:39:47 AM PDT · by schaketo · 53 replies · 1,995+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Sep. 05, 2004 | Ken Dilanian
    Changing tastes, falling consumption create difficulty for small wineries. LISTRAC-MEDOC, France - Maryse Meyre is bewildered. Her family has been successfully making wine for five generations here in France's world-famous Bordeaux region. But in the last few years, sales have crashed. "It's a catastrophe," she said as she escorted visitors through the fragrant winery, with its rooms full of oak barrels and shelves of vintages dating to 1929. "I don't understand, because we have changed nothing. On the contrary, the wine is better, because we have better technology." That may be true, but it hasn't staved off a crisis in...
  • Why the French Act Isn't Funny Anymore

    07/07/2004 9:36:04 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 32 replies · 1,666+ views
    Time ^ | July 6, 2004 | Charles Krauthammer
    Their resistance to helping in Afghanistan and Iraq is now downright dangerous It is easy to make fun of the French and their pompous pretense to the grandeur they shed a half-century ago when their loss of honor under Vichy, and then their loss of empire, relegated them to the rank of second-class power. But the fun is over. Before Sept. 11, France's Gaullist anti-Americanism as a form of ostentatious self-aggrandizement was an irritant. With a war on — three, in fact: Afghanistan, Iraq and the larger war on terrorism — France's willful obstructionism becomes dangerous and deadly. That obstructionism...
  • I've had it with those French

    07/05/2004 10:47:01 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 48 replies · 1,389+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | July 5 2004 | Bill O'Reilly
    Enough with France. That country is not a friend to the U.S.A. or to peace-seeking Iraqis and Afghans. French President Jacques Chirac continues to block efforts by the U.S.A. and Britain to bring stability to former dictatorships and make it more difficult for homicidal terrorists to operate. Take a look at Chirac's recent résumé: * Last week, he blocked a newly created NATO strike force from going to Afghanistan to provide extra security for elections. Chirac said: "[The strike force] should not be used for troop shortages on routine operations." * Chirac continues to insist that any NATO training of...

    06/28/2004 8:08:44 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 32 replies · 184+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/28/04
    ISTANBUL, June 28 (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac said on Monday he was opposed to a formal role for NATO inside Iraq, just hours after the 26-nation alliance agreed to help train security forces of the new Baghdad government. "I do not believe it is (NATO's) mission to intervene in Iraq," Chirac told a news conference during an alliance summit in Istanbul. He said a formal NATO presence in Iraq would "not be in keeping" with the decision taken by alliance leaders earlier.
  • France opposes US Iraq plan

    06/27/2004 10:12:36 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 36 replies · 182+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | June 28, 2004 | FOREIGN STAFF
    NATO struggled to overcome old divisions over Iraq yesterday, with France still blocking plans for the alliance to play a major role in training Iraq’s new armed forces. Despite public talk of agreement on the training mission, it was clear that the 36 members of the alliance had very different views on where the training would be carried out, whether it would be carried out under NATO auspices and how many personnel would be involved. The dispute came as a new hostage crisis was emerging in Iraq apparently involving a US marine. Al-Jazeera broadcast a videotape showing what it said...
  • Chirac leads resistance as Bush courts Nato allies

    06/27/2004 7:11:26 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 32 replies · 270+ views
    Guardian ^ | 06/28/04 | Ian Black
    Chirac leads resistance as Bush courts Nato allies Ian Black and Michael White in Istanbul Monday June 28, 2004 The Guardian President George Bush was facing stiff French-led resistance last night to his efforts to persuade his Nato allies to agree to train Iraqi security forces. The French president, Jacques Chirac, is determined to thwart any deal that allows the US and Britain to claim that the alliance has a formal role in the disputed occupation. Tony Blair flew into Istanbul last night intent on talking up the summit's chance of achieving even a modest success in respect of Iraq...
  • If France Is a Friend, Who Needs Enemies?

    06/22/2004 11:43:21 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 40 replies · 348+ views
    The New York Post ^ | June 22, 2004 | Cindy Adams
    Frig the frogs. Screway les Français. If not for us France — a countrylet that can't pronounce the word "loyalty" — would be a suburb of Germany. I realize this emotionally misdirected anger should be at those sickos who committed last week's unspeakable atrocity against another American. And it should be at the Saudis, who have their fingers into everything but Al Qaeda. And that ought to give you a clue as to where the Saudis should really stick their fingers. And that includes their Washington ambassador, oily Prince Bandar, who's so tight in high places that he does drop-in...
  • French Foreign Minister Alarmed Over Iraq

    05/13/2004 1:17:45 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 50 replies · 210+ views
    AP ^ | Thu, May 13, 2004 | AP
    PARIS - Foreign Minister Michel Barnier, in an interview published Thursday, compared Iraq (news - web sites) to a "black hole that is sucking up" the world and said France would at no time send in troops. Barnier, who travels to the United Nations (news - web sites) Friday for talks on Iraq, expressed alarm about "the spiral of horror" that is gaining ground and the loss of human dignity as violence progresses. In an interview with the daily Le Monde, he made a "call to reason and conscience." He also stressed that Iraqis must be given authentic sovereignty after...
  • French snub outrages British intelligence

    04/24/2004 3:54:24 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 20 replies · 139+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 04/25/04 | Colin Brown
    British intelligence agencies are furious with their French counterparts after being refused assistance in their efforts to track terrorists in this country linked to the Madrid bombers. The row has led to the worst rift between British and French intelligence agencies for years and is hindering attempts to trace connections between Moroccans involved in the Madrid bombs and Islamic militants in Britain. A senior Home Office official said: "We are getting very good co-operation from the Moroccans and the Spanish but there appears to be a hiccup with the French." David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, is seeking to repair the...
  • France Lied to U.S. During Iraq Crisis (Book Excerpt)(GOOD READ)

    04/02/2004 10:18:24 AM PST · by Jewels1091 · 44 replies · 325+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | Posted April 2, 2004 | By Kenneth R. Timmerman
    For Secretary of State Colin Powell, the U.S.-French divorce began on Jan. 20, 2003, when French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin blindsided him during a press conference outside the U.N. After a special session of the Security Council devoted to the war on terror, held at de Villepin's personal request, Powell had driven over to the French U.N. ambassador's official Park Avenue residence, where de Villepin was to host him to an exclusive lunch. Instead, de Villepin stayed behind at the U.N. and announced to the world that France would never support a U.S.-led military intervention against Saddam Hussein. As...
  • The French Betrayal of America

    03/31/2004 5:09:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 211+ views
    The French Betrayal of America by Kenneth Timmerman (Author) Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Crown Forum; (March 16, 2004) ISBN: 1400053668 Inside Flap Copy Can we trust France? Apparently not. After more than 200 years of shared history and interests, the U.S.-France marriage looks as if it's ending in an acrimonious divorce. Here is the shocking insider account. In the wake of French behavior at the United Nations, where Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin systematically undermined the efforts of Secretary of State Colin Powell to convince the Security Council to authorize force against Iraq, Americans have at best come to suspect...
  • The real reasons France tries to undermine the United States

    03/23/2004 3:55:14 AM PST · by dennisw · 37 replies · 867+ views
    winds of change ^ | 3 22 2004 | gonzalez
    France - Pas Comme Les Autres Joe Katzman by "Gabriel Gonzalez" (Paris, France) After reading Kenneth Timmerman's condemnation of France's $100 billion profiteering from Saddam's cruel regime (The French War For Oil), and my own recent article (From Madrid to Paris), some commentators expressed the view that France is just an ordinary country defending its interests and is no different than any other country, including the U.S. Indeed, for some in the anti-war camp France is even assumed to be necessarily a morally superior nation. This view is so thoroughly ignorant of French foreign policy realities that it should really...
  • TIMMERMAN on Al Rantel Show -- French believed in blood for oil

    03/16/2004 6:16:04 PM PST · by doug from upland · 28 replies · 215+ views
    Al Rantel show | 3-16-04 | dfu
    Kenneth Timmerman is on the Al Rantel show right now . . . . . www.kabc.com to hear internet feed. The French believe in blood for oil. Over a seven-year period, they had a 100 billion dollar oil deal with Hussein!
  • France and China conduct exercises to intimidate Taiwan poll

    03/16/2004 4:08:23 PM PST · by minus_273 · 5 replies · 116+ views
    Well, it appears that France has continued its policy of opposing everything the US supports. This time they are joining forces with China to have joint naval exercies on the eve of elections in Taiwan. China regularly engaes in military execrises or tests when Taiwan has elections. Most notable of them being the 1996 missles tests that forced Clinton to send warships into the region. China has made no secret of the fact that these types of tests are intended to intimidate Taiwan.
  • Spain Rejoins Paris-Berlin Alliance (Axis of Weasels Update!)

    03/16/2004 7:09:34 AM PST · by threat matrix · 109 replies · 377+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 17, 2004 | AFP wire
    Spain's new Prime Minister wasted no time yesterday shaking up the European political landscape, putting Madrid back in the Franco-German camp and urging a swift adoption of the stalled Eurpoean constitution. The election poll was held three days after the Madrid train bombings, in which 201 people died.Voter anger at the Aznar government's blaming of local separatist group ETA, despite evidence that Islamic terrorist were responsible.Mr. Aznar's departure is a blow to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. One of Mr. Zapatero's senior lieutenants, Jose Bono, recently called the British Prime Minister a 'gilipollas' which can be translated as 'd*ckhead.'
  • The French Betrayal of America (New Timmerman Book)

    03/11/2004 10:57:55 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies · 467+ views
    March 11, 2004 | Kenneth Timmerman
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      Contact: Teresa Brady                                                                                                           (212) 572-2598                                                                                                           tbrady@randomhouse.com     THE FRENCH BETRAYAL      OF AMERICA      EXPLOSIVE NEW BOOK SHOWS WHY OUR FORMER          FRIEND IS NOW WORKING TO UNDERMINE THE             U.S. WAR ON TERROR   INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER KENNETH TIMMERMAN GIVES A    SHOCKING ACCOUNT OF HOW OUR LONGSTANDING ALLY HAS           BECOME AN ADVERSARY AND HOW AMERICA STILL     CONTINUES TO SHARE NUCLEAR SECRETS WITH FRANCE        “Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an            accordion.  You just leave a lot of useless, noisy baggage behind.”           -Jed Babbin, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, 1989-1992 Last year Americans watched with revulsion...
  • U.S. prods EU on arms sales to China (France Alert)

    03/01/2004 3:42:01 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 3 replies · 184+ views
    UPI ^ | 3-1-04
    WASHINGTON, March 1 (UPI) -- The United States Monday urged the European Union not to lift an arms embargo again China, citing Beijing's human rights record. "I expressed concern that the European Union might lift its arms embargo," Secretary of State Colin Powell said at a joint news conference with top EU officials following their meeting. "We and the European Union imposed prohibitions for the same reasons, most especially China's serious human rights abuses, and we believe that those reasons remain valid today." France wants to lift the sanctions, which were imposed following Beijing's 1989 crackdown of students in Tiananmen...
  • French tourism down in 2003 as Americans stay away

    02/25/2004 10:34:28 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 39 replies · 236+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/25/04
    PARIS, Feb 25 (Reuters) - France, the world's top tourist destination, suffered a drop in visitors and tourism revenues in 2003 as concerns over the war in Iraq and a weak dollar kept away U.S. visitors, official figures showed on Wednesday. Foreign tourists dropped by 2.6 percent to 75 million last year from 77 million in 2002 in what was a poor year for global tourism, junior minister for tourism Leon Bertrand said. U.S. visitors fell 18.3 percent to 2.4 million in 2003, when the dollar fell and relations between Paris and Washington soured over France's opposition to the U.S.-led...
  • Re: Francophile in the White House

    02/19/2004 7:43:50 PM PST · by TheMole · 21 replies · 193+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) letters page ^ | Feb. 13, 2004 | Edward Bryant
    Re: Francophile in the White House Date: 13 February 2004 Sir - With the spotlight now firmly on John Kerry as the leading Democratic contender, the Americans will, finally, learn who he is. It will be interesting to know their reaction when they find out why he has the absolute support of their bête noire - the French. The truth is that France strongly wants anyone but George W Bush as president so she can turn the page on her damaging relationship with the world's only hyperpower. The French press is now gleefully revealing that Brice Lalonde, the former environment...

    02/19/2004 3:02:34 PM PST · by freebacon · 18 replies · 261+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | February 19, 2004 | Nidra Poller
    Nidra Poller interviews Alain Hertoghe, author of Guerre à outrances / Comment la presse nous a désinformés sur l’Irak / War of Wor[l]ds: how the [French] press lied about Iraq. Poller: Welcome Alain Hertoghe, and thank you for taking time to give us your point of view on an issue that has sharply divided France and the United States: the military campaign in Iraq. Hoping that our readers will soon have the pleasure of reading your book in English, I’d like you to give a brief rundown on your approach, and the period covered by your book. AH: My book...
  • Bush keeps France waiting over D-Day commemoration

    02/14/2004 6:57:09 PM PST · by ambrose · 118 replies · 1,040+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 2.15.04
    Bush keeps France waiting over D-Day commemoration By Kim Willsher in Paris (Filed: 15/02/2004) The official invitation has been lying in his in-tray for several months, but President George W. Bush has failed to let the French know whether he will attend the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings in June. France's president, Jacques Chirac, is expecting at least 15 heads of state to be present at the commemorations marking the decisive Allied offensive against the Germans in Normandy on June 5, 6 and 7. British guests will include the Queen, the Prince of Wales and Tony Blair, all of...
  • Source robbed after claiming WMD in Syria

    02/12/2004 11:18:29 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 99+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, February 13, 2004
    © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com A Syrian exile who has supplied detailed information on Syrian government activities has become the victim of a suspicious break-in and theft. The apartment belonging to Nizar Nayuf, a dissident journalist who claimed Iraq's hidden weapons of mass destruction are stored in Syria, was broken into on Jan. 30. He lives in the northwestern Paris suburb of Malakoff. Thieves stole three CDs that Nayuf said contained information on France's relations with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, specifically involving money transfers between the two countries. The daytime break-in occurred while Nayuf was attending a meeting at the French Interior Ministry, fueling speculation...
  • France to Host China's ITER Nuclear Fusion Reactor.

    02/03/2004 3:03:06 PM PST · by vannrox · 8 replies · 451+ views
    China Peoples Daily ^ | Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Friday, January 30, 2004 | Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue
    China will support France as the site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)project, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue Thursday. After studying the two proposed sites in France and Japan for the construction of an experimental nuclear fusion reactor, China had decided to support France, Zhang said. France had been competing with Japan as the site of the multi-billion dollar project, but China hoped the issue could be settled according to consultations among all parties, she said. The project is the world's largest-yet nuclear fusion power plant with technology touted as a solution to global energy problems. Once completed...
  • Blood-red Paris

    02/02/2004 5:08:04 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 78+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Jan. 29, 2004 | Charles R. Smith
    Chirac Wants to Sell Arms to ChinaFrance has lost some of its best customers lately. French military exports are at an all-time low after the fall of Saddam in Iraq and the sudden turnaround by Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. Yet faster than you can say truffles, French President Jacques Chirac is courting another brutal dictatorship with ambitions of global domination. Paris declared that 2004 is the Year of China, making a special welcome for the four-day visit of Chinese officials. In fact, the French president recently met with Chinese President Hu Jintao, taking time to pose for a photo...
  • France: Friend or Foe? Calm returns, but some say it is just a lull

    01/29/2004 8:28:48 PM PST · by quidnunc · 16 replies · 128+ views
    MSNBC, ^ | January 29, 2004 | Michael Moran
    Paris — On the July day American troops killed Saddam Hussein’s sons Qusai and Odai in the northern Iraqi city in Mosul, a senior NBC News producer called his usual intelligence and military sources trying to learn more about the raid. As his best CIA source gushed about the American victory, the producer says he noticed a news bulletin on the television behind him: the Eiffel Tower, that great symbol of French grandeur and artistic prowess, had caught fire. “So I asked him, ‘Hey, do you guys know the Eiffel Tower’s on fire’?” the producer said. “He was silent for...
  • Blair feared Chirac was "out to get him" before Iraq war

    01/26/2004 3:33:09 AM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 136+ views
    Agence France-Presse | 1/26/04
    Tony Blair believed that Jacques Chirac was "out to get him" ahead of the Iraq war, because the French leader feared Britain's prime minister was usurping his own position as the natural leader of Europe, the Financial Times (FT) newspaper reported. According to a new biography of Blair, written by FT journalist Philip Stephens, Blair, at odds with Chirac over Iraq, came to the opinion that the French president was intent on "ruining him personally and wanted to see him fall from power". Blair's fears were partly based on British intelligence reports based on Chirac's private conversations, Stephens wrote in...
  • EU mulls lifting China arms ban despite US concerns (France is pushing this)

    01/24/2004 10:51:45 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 24 replies · 188+ views
    EU Business ^ | Jan. 25, 2004 | AFP
    EU foreign ministers will launch discussions Monday on lifting the arms embargo on China imposed after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, despite US opposition to such a move, diplomats say. No immediate decision is expected, but the bloc could agree to end the ban as early as March, said one source ahead of the talks. The discussions were initiated by France, which is hosting Chinese President Hu Jintao this week. European officials say they are aware that the United States is against lifting the ban. Ministers will bear this in mind, but insist the bloc will take a decision based...