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The Honor of France

Drawing a rare burst of applause from the audience in the Council chambers, [French Foreign Minister Dominique] de Villepin told Mr. Powell: "In this temple of the United Nations, we are the guardians of an ideal, the guardians of conscience. This onerous responsibility and immense honor we have must lead us to give priority to disarmament through peace."

- The New York Times, February 15, 2003

On Monday, President Jacques Chirac angered many leaders at a meeting of the European Union when he lashed out at Eastern European countries that have backed the U.S. Their support of America "is not well-brought-up behavior. They missed a good opportunity to keep quiet," he sniffed....

This isn't the only case in which Mr. Chirac is acting with contempt for the views of his fellow Europeans. He has also insisted that Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's dictator, be included in a summit meeting of African heads of state that begins today in Paris, despite EU sanctions, instituted in response to Mr. Mugabe's atrocities, that bar him from visiting any member country. This week, the EU reaffirmed its sanctions, but in order to secure France's approval it had to cave in to Mr. Chirac's demand that the union make an exception for Mr. Mugabe's visit this week.

- The Wall Street Journal, February 20, 2003

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