"This message comes to you today from an old country, France, from a continent like mine, Europe, that has known wars, occupation and barbarity. A country that does not forget and knows everything it owes to the freedom-fighters who came from America and elsewhere. And yet has never ceased to stand upright in the face of history and before mankind. Faithful to its values, it wishes resolutely to act with all the members of the international community. It believes in our ability to build together a better world." - Dominique de Villepin 02/14/03Speech to the Security Council before Operation Iraqi Freedom
Hummm...How has that noble statement stood against the passage of time ( and captured douments?)
French corruption scandals
Chirac allies among 47 accused in major French corruption trial
French Connection to Oil for Food Probed
Former French UN ambassador held over Iraq oil-for-food
This is how I saw them in the Summer of 2003, a view that has stood the test of time.