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Chirac to embarrass Bush at G8 conference

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This weasel is at it again...

President Chirac is preparing to embarrass President Bush at the forthcoming G8 summit in France by laying out an agenda heavy on environmental, development and economic issues and light on the fight against terrorism.

Jacques Chirac

The summit at Evian on June 2 and June 3 will be the first time M Chirac and Mr Bush have met since their diplomatic war preceding military action in Iraq. However, M Chirac, as the host, is arranging the meeting on his terms.

He made clear yesterday that, despite the debacle over Iraq, he is clinging to his vision of a global balance of powers, with France as an alternative to America.

He said Evian's main goal would be "to build the institutions and rules of a global democracy, open and interconnected", a swipe at the American administration, which has little patience for such rhetoric.

The main themes of the summit would be reviving the world economy, solidarity with poor countries, responding to pandemics such as Aids, climate change and finally the fight against terrorism.

The White House would have preferred the fight against terrorism to head the list, but M Chirac is loath to let the summit become a victory lap for Mr Bush.

M Chirac said the summit was a chance for "nations to show that they can and want to get along, to act together in the service of mankind". He believes many countries are suspicious of America's leadership and prefer France's emphasis on international rules and institutions.

He added that the summit should offer a "message of confidence" in the world economy. The G8's members (France, America, Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada and Russia) were "determined to pursue the structural reforms which improve the efficiency of our economies" and "resolved to lower taxes and social charges to free the creative energies for growth and employment".

It was important to reaffirm "the principles of the responsible market economy" after so many financial scandals in Europe and America and to complete the Doha round of world trade talks.

That last ambition, coupled with M Chirac's talk of Third World development, will raise smirks in Whitehall, since it is his refusal to reform Europe's common agricultural policy to the detriment of French farmers which has crippled Third World agricultural exporters trying to crack the European market.

M Chirac's speech came the day before France was expected to vote in favour of a United Nations resolution lifting sanctions against Iraq.

French diplomats remain baffled and exasperated at how the Americans have frozen them out since the Iraq war. But they hope the successful passing of the resolution will restore Washington's confidence in the UN.

On Tuesday night anti-globalisation groups announced plans to sabotage the summit. France is to close Evian to all but the participants, but the protesters hope to harness the anti-war movement for large demonstrations as close to Evian as they can get.

On the eve of the summit, 50 fires will be lit on the nearby Lake Léman to create a "lake of fire". Anarchists are planning an "anti-capitalist, anti-war" village.

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I would like the international community, and the antiquated UN, stand up and admit the need for reform, and follow through by ousting France from the Security Council....

The simple truth is France, as a country, simply is not suited for the role, and their place in the global community is severly diminished versus other deserving countries..

I am not saying this just because of France's anti-US stance, but because of objective elements (i.e. economy, military, etc)

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and how the hell are those issues intended to embaress bush? if bush was a compitent president, he would have vast knowledge of these topics and he won't be embaressed by chirac.......

oh please...(about the terrorism comment) the united states is so paranoid in these past few years under bush that militarism, terorrism, and all that crap are heading our lists for everything. there are way more important issues that need discussion, which i suppose bush is neglecting to cover these other issues closer to his heart (and his wallet, no doubt). just for the fact that bush was pretty stupid in the past with things like the kyoto protocol should tell people that he really does not have our best interests at heart. the environment is extremely important and needs to be taken care of. without this place, we are nothing. and we tend to forget that quite often.

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Originally posted by sassa

and how the hell are those issues intended to embaress bush? if bush was a compitent president, he would have vast knowledge of these topics and he won't be embaressed by chirac.......

oh please...(about the terrorism comment) the united states is so paranoid in these past few years under bush that militarism, terorrism, and all that crap are heading our lists for everything. there are way more important issues that need discussion, which i suppose bush is neglecting to cover these other issues closer to his heart (and his wallet, no doubt). just for the fact that bush was pretty stupid in the past with things like the kyoto protocol should tell people that he really does not have our best interests at heart. the environment is extremely important and needs to be taken care of. without this place, we are nothing. and we tend to forget that quite often.

What's more important then revenge for 3k of our own citizens and trying to prevent another 911??

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do you people merely post shit just to counterargue those who do not agree with you, or do you actually read the articles and try to comment on them instead? please don't make this any more childish than it already is...

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Originally posted by sassa

do you people merely post shit just to counterargue those who do not agree with you, or do you actually read the articles and try to comment on them instead? please don't make this any more childish than it already is...

:laugh: :laugh:

You are cracking up sweetie...

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Originally posted by mr mahs

What's more important then revenge for 3k of our own citizens and trying to prevent another 911??

first of all, not all those people were your citizens. muslims, jews, and other nationals died in that attack too. people tend to conveniently forget this "little" detail.

second, instead of trying to prevent another attack by provoking people and killing their civilians, why do you not focus on WHY people would want to attack the US in the first place.

address the core issues and maybe then you'll prevent another attack. but by doing this pre-emptive attack bs is only going to piss people off even more, which will spark more attacks...

frankly, as sad as this sounds, i wouldn't be surprised if another attack occured....

when the US can face up to its decisions and policies and how it affects peoples all over the world for the worse, maybe then it can say it wants peace. but judging from its actions as of late, i definitely would not say that now.

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Originally posted by sassa

first of all, not all those people were your citizens. muslims, jews, and other nationals died in that attack too. people tend to conveniently forget this "little" detail.

second, instead of trying to prevent another attack by provoking people and killing their civilians, why do you not focus on WHY people would want to attack the US in the first place.

address the core issues and maybe then you'll prevent another attack. but by doing this pre-emptive attack bs is only going to piss people off even more, which will spark more attacks...

frankly, as sad as this sounds, i wouldn't be surprised if another attack occured....

when the US can face up to its decisions and policies and how it affects peoples all over the world for the worse, maybe then it can say it wants peace. but judging from its actions as of late, i definitely would not say that now.

Our policies???

OH you mean supporting Isreal the only democratic country in the cess pool Middle east.. Right.... it would better to see another holocaust..

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Originally posted by mr mahs

Our policies???

OH you mean supporting Isreal the only democratic country in the cess pool Middle east.. Right.... it would better to see another holocaust..

bs.

israel is not democratic.

i can name a lot of small things they do in the country that are clearly racist.

you know what a teudat zehut is? an ID card we all carry around. you have to state your ethnicity, this hinders you from getting certain jobs, mortgages, getting into schools, etc. then there's the army thing. then....etc.....

and who the hell ever said democracy was the only form of government that works? it certainly doesn't work here, otherwise we would not need NGO's like the ACLU to defend people and their civil rights and liberties...so please, don't use that "israel is the only democracy" bullshit. that country is a ticking bomb. we can argue about its existence (which arose from alot of unsolved conflicts) but i'd rather not divert the topic.

thanks.

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