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Profile: Jacques Chirac


Positions that Jacques Chirac has held:

  • President of France




Quote, January 17, 2003

   “The inspectors have asked for more time. Wisdom requires us to grant this request and the time that is needed.... [War] is always acknowledgment of failure.... It's the responsibility of the Security Council and the Security Council alone to make a decision regarding the [January 27] report and also the requests of the inspectors. If one country or another were to take a step that did not conform to what I just said, it would put itself purely and simply in contravention of international law.” [New York Times, 1/18/03]

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January 22, 2003      Complete Iraq timeline

       During a joint press conference, French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder announce that they intend to work together to oppose the Bush administration's plan to invade Iraq. Schroeder says to a crowd of hundreds of French and German students in Berlin, “We are both of the opinion... that one can never accept it when it is said that war is unavoidable.” [BBC, 1/22/03; BBC, 1/23/03] Back in Washington, a reporter asks Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld if he thinks the actions of France and Germany would leave the United States without European support. To this Rumsfeld, responds: “Now, you're thinking of Europe as Germany and France. I don't. I think that's old Europe. If you look at the entire NATO Europe today, the center of gravity is shifting to the east.... Germany has been a problem, and France has been a problem.... But you look at vast numbers of other countries in Europe. They're not with France and Germany on this, they're with the United States.” [Department of Defense, 1/22/03; BBC, 1/23/03]
People and organizations involved: Gerhard Schroeder, Jacques Chirac, Donald Rumsfeld

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