Jacques Chirac, fully Jacques René Chirac

Chirac, fully Jacques René Chirac

French Politician, President and Prime Minister of France

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The U.N. is the sole body with the competence and legitimacy to find a way out of the crisis.

There is room for dialogue and negotiation.

This is a crisis of meaning, a crisis of reference points, a crisis of identity.

To the families of the victims and those close to them, I express my most heartfelt condolences.

We cannot let immediate political pressures, however strongly felt on both sides, stand between us in the longer term.

We should not bring into question one of 'the pillars of the temple.'

Personally, I deplore the fact that Britain refused to pay a fair and reasonable share of the cost of enlargement.

She lent our long-standing alliance the radiant strength of her personality.

The countries concerned must channel the bulk of their efforts to curb emissions through national or regional measures. No country can elude its share of the collective effort.

The Iraqi authorities understand it is in their interests and the interests of the region and the world to avoid a spiraling or escalation... Of course, it is not too late for the Iraqi authorities to reverse their decision.

The ultimate responsibility of any political official ... is to ensure the safety of his people, and that is exactly what President Bush is doing, what I am doing, ... In this spirit, we talked about military operations, about French support, about the political actions we must take to establish in Afghanistan all the trappings of a modern state.

There is still much to be done in the way of disarmament by peaceful means.

This is a France that wins and is, for once, united in victory... symbol of the diversity and of the unity of the country.

Today I call on the Iranian authorities to choose the path of cooperation and confidence by carefully examining this offer and resuming their commitment to suspend activities related to the production of fissile materials... There is room for dialogue and negotiation. We call on Iran's spirit of responsibility to restore cooperation and confidence, failing which the Security Council will have no choice but to take up the issue.

We can't reveal the secrets of the confessional.

We urge Iran to show a spirit of responsibility to re-establish cooperation and trust, without which the Security Council will have no choice but to examine the question.

President Bush asked me if I was going to the session, and I said it was possible, and President Bush said 'I'd be happy to meet you on that occasion,' and I said 'naturally'.

She was elegance itself. She was grace.

The decision to resort to war can't be taken lightly. War is always an admission of failure and the worst solution. There still exists an alternative to war.

The law must be applied firmly and in a spirit of dialogue and respect... The absence of dialogue and an escalation of a lack of respect will lead to a dangerous situation.

The unanimous vote by the Security Council... offers Iraq a chance to disarm in peace. That was the meaning of France's initiative since the start.

There must be a solution to the Middle East issue. This is essential for the coalition against terrorism, and it should happen peaceably by the Palestinians and Israelis returning to negotiations,

This is necessary to speed up the return to calm.

Today the heart of every French man and every French woman beats in unison with those of their brothers and sisters in Martinique.

We can't trust people who have such bad food. After Finland, it's the country with the worst food.

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French Politician, President and Prime Minister of France