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France rejects "war on terror

by Mark5019 / September 7, 2006 5:21 AM PDT

PARIS (Reuters) - France issued an implicit criticism of U.S. foreign policy on Thursday, rejecting talk of a "war on terror".

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, speaking in parliament, expressed these views on global terrorism, while President Jacques Chirac backed France's claims to the international front rank with a fresh defense of his country's nuclear arsenal.

Villepin noted Chirac's strong opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and said the Arab state had now sunk into violence and was feeding new regional crises.

"Let us not forget that these crises play into the hands of all extremists," the prime minister said in a debate on the Middle East. "We can see this with terrorism, whether it tries to strike inside or outside our frontiers," he added.

"Against terrorism, what's needed is not a war. It is, as France has done for many years, a determined fight based on vigilance at all times and effective cooperation with our partners.

"But we will only end this curse if we also fight against injustice, violence and these crises," he said.

Villepin's remarks, which came a day after U.S. President George Bush admitted that the CIA had interrogated dozens of terrorism suspects in secret foreign locations, did not explicitly mention the United States.

But his rejection of language employed by Bush, who often uses the expression "war on terror" underlined the longstanding differences between Paris and Washington.

Against terrorism, what's needed is not a war. It is, as France has done for many years, <<<<

yes surrender the french moto:)


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You have to read between the lines
by Josh K / September 7, 2006 5:49 AM PDT

"But we will only end this curse if we also fight against injustice, violence and these crises" means stop being so nice to Israel and show some support for those poor Palestinian suicide bombers' families.

I was listening to Howard Stern one morning a number of years ago and a French caller was on the line. Off phone Howard told the radio audience, "Watch this, give me two minutes and I'll have this guy shouting something anti-Semitic at me." It took less time than that.


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True that
by dirtyrich / September 7, 2006 6:21 AM PDT

The partners that France spoke of happen to be the ones that want to get rid of Israel...
There were reasons why a large portion of Frenchmen welcomed Hitler's Germany with open arms.

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I think it also means...
by EdH / September 7, 2006 7:45 AM PDT

"We have a large Muslim immigrant population here and we don't need the merde to hit the fan."

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by TONI H / September 7, 2006 8:18 AM PDT

has turned into one of the terrorists' best friends....next to the UN and Kofi


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