National Missile Defense is of a nature to retrigger a proliferation of weapons, notably nuclear missiles. Everything that goes in the direction of proliferation is a bad direction.

— Jacques Chirac

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Romania and Bulgaria were particularly irresponsible.

If they wanted to diminish their chances of joining Europe they could not have found a better way.

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What is at stake is how to answer the potential threat Iraq represents with the risk of proliferation of WMD. Baghdad's regime did use such weapons in the past. Today, a number of evidences may lead to think that, over the past four years, in the absence of international inspectors, this country has continued armament programs.

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You cannot trust people who have such bad cuisine.

It [Great Britain] is the country with the worst food after Finland.

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Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war that knows no borders or seldom has a face.

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I am logically in favour of a referendum. It would be the only legitimate way.

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Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.

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One does not export democracy in an armored vehicle.

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The construction of Europe is an art. It is the art of the possible.

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If our language, our programs, our creations are not strongly present in the new media, the young generation of our country will be economically and culturally marginalized.

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These irresponsible acts, which cannot have any justification whatsoever, are to be fully condemned. In these appalling circumstances, I want to offer you the most sincere condolences, both in my name and in that of the French people.

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Our house is burning down and we are blind to it.

The earth and humankind are in danger and we are all responsible. It is time to open our eyes. Alarms are sounding across all continents. We cannot say we did not know! Climate warming is still reversible. Heavy would be the responsibility of those who refuse to fight it.

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Faced with intolerance and hatred, no debate is possible.

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About Jacques Chirac

Quotes 43 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Statesman
Birthday October 16

One month, two months, I am ready to accept any accord on this point that has the approval of the inspectors.

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France will insist on the need for updated and responsive institutions.

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Isolated and limited vision problem.

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Sovereignty is a question of principle.

We must tell the Iraqis: you are a sovereign people. And you are in charge of your own future.

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The only thing they (the English) have ever done for European agriculture is mad cow disease.

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Finally, a safer world presupposes the revival of the virtuous circle of non-proliferation of weapons and disarmament.

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The Kyoto Protocol...the first component of an authentic global governance.

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As soon as one nation claims the right to take preventive action, other countries will naturally do the same. If we go down that road, where are we going?

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For the first time, humanity is instituting a genuine instrument Kyoto Protocol of global governance,"..."By acting together, by building this unprecedented instrument, the first component of an authentic global governance, we are working for dialogue and peace.

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I am not prepared to accept the economics of a housewife.

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I would like to express to all Londoners, to all of the British people, the solidarity, the compassion and the friendship of France and the French people.

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This will provide an engine, an example that will allow Europe to go faster, further and better.

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They missed a great opportunity to shut up.

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Anything that can hurt the convictions of another, particularly religious convictions, must be avoided. Freedom of expression must be exercised in a spirit of responsibility. I condemn all manifest provocation that might dangerously fan passions.

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Franco-American relations have been, and always will be, both conflictual and excellent. The U.S. finds France unbearable with its pretensions; we find the U.S. unbearable with its hegenomism. But deep down, we remember that the 'boys' - came to help us two times, just as the Americans remember that the French helped them with their independence. So there will be sparks but no fire, because a real bond exists.

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The authority and influence of France on the world scene in the 21st century will not depend solely on its modernity and cohesion, nor even on the continuity and professionalism of its foreign policy. France will be heeded if it has a message to convey. Faced with the temptations of laissez-faire, France must stand out as the nation with the imagination and determination to pursue an ambition that combines cogency with generosity.

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France will never forget the men who agreed to make the supreme sacrifice to liberate our soil, our country, our continent from the yoke of Nazi barbarity. It will never forget what it owes America, our eternal friend. Our two peoples have stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the brotherhood of blood spilled.

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King Fahd was also committed to the strong and trusting relations between France and Saudi Arabia. This old friendship, which began with an exceptional link established by General De Gaulle, took on a new dimension under his reign, helped by a shared vision of what was at stake regionally and internationally.

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When you are in the family... you have more rights than when you are asking to join and knocking on the door.

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Our approach and our vision ... is identical.

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The European Union and Russia have an identical viewpoint.

We have condemned any potential revision of the ABM treaty, believing that such a revision will involve a risk of proliferation that will be very dangerous for the future.

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No one can act alone in the name of all and no one can accept the anarchy of a society without rules.

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Our house is burning and we look elsewhere.

Nature, mutilated and over-exploited, can no longer reconstitute itself and we refuse to admit it. Humanity is suffering. It is suffering from poor development, in the North as in the South, and we are indifferent. The Earth and humanity are in peril and we are all responsible. It is time now to open our eyes

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As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure.

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Helping to build a better-organized, fair and harmonious world: that idea lies at the heart of my conception of our country's role. Down through the centuries, France has provided answers to the great questions facing mankind. In continuing to do so, France is responding to a genuine demand, displaying leadership and influencing the course of events.

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I never like to say that I 'believe' anything. There are no ideas worth believing.

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One can go to war alone, butyou can't build peace alone.

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France is deeply upset to learn of the monstrous attacks that have just struck the United States.... In these terrible circumstances, all French people stand by the American people. We express our friendship and solidarity in this tragedy.

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As soon as one nation claims the right to take preventive action, other countries will naturally do the same.

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If we prove capable of showing a pioneering commitment, we shall create a commmunity listened to around the world.

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