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Jacques Chirac

, founder of the centre-right (and Gaullist in origin) Rally for the Republic party, was first elected president in May 1995. From 1997 to 2002 he cohabited with Lionel Jospin, the Socialist prime minister. Mr Chirac easily won the final round of the 2002 presidential elections against Jean-Marie Le Pen of the anti- immigrant National Front party in May, and in June his centre-right coalition won an absolute majority in parliamentary elections.



The plans of Mr Chirac and his prime minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, include cutting income tax, making the 35-hour week more flexible and building new prisons to combat crime. This has not made them popular: Mr Raffarins proposals to reform public-sector pensions were met by public opposition and strikes in May and June 2003, and in March 2004, France largely voted Socialist in regional elections.



Mr Chirac is better known for setting his countrys foreign policy. In 2003 he allied with



Gerhard Schroeder
(while quarreling with



Tony Blair
and angering



George Bush
) on issues such as EU agricultural subsidies and Iraq. But Mr Chirac and the European Commission rarely agree, especially on the subject of France's budget deficits. Mr Chirac visited Algeria, Frances former colony, in March 2003, but later came under fire from Muslim countries for backing a proposed ban on headscarves in French schools.

"There is no ready-made formula for democracy readily transposable from one country to another. Democracy is not a method, it is a culture. For democracy to take root solidly and durably in the Arab world, it must be an Arab democracy before all else."

Jacques Chirac

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Jacques Chirac's old clothes were donated after a charity that works with refugees issued an appeal for warm clothes during the winter cold snap. A number of refugees in France are walking around in clothes that were once worn by a former President of the Republic. Jacques Chirac's old clothes were ...
The daughter of former French President Jacques Chirac has given away her father's old suits and sweaters in a bid to aid migrants, the magazine L'Obs wrote. The move was initially reported by the renowned French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. He said that the nun Marie-Jo, who was assisting ...

Then president of France Jacques Chirac tried to influence then president Thabo Mbeki to "bring forces to bear" to stop the NPA investigating Thales' role in the arms deal. This allegedly occurred at a state dinner in Paris. A subsequent French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, was also alleged to have implored ...
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This long and chequered history came to a close in 1997, when then-President Jacques Chirac ended obligatory national service, whether under military or civilian auspices. Confronted by the hostility of traditional republicans on the left and right, Chirac proposed to replace it with a "rendez-vous citoyen" ...
Others include former French president Jacques Chirac, as well as the UNHCR, Pope Francis, the European Court of Human Rights, former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Syria's "White Helmets" rescue volunteers, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, the UN Committee Against Torture, Kurdish ...

In 1997 he opened a restaurant on a ship docked on the Neva River, which became the go-to spot for hosting dignitaries such as George W. Bush and Jacques Chirac. These days, Prigozhin can be seen departing Putin's residences in a black SUV with flashing lights, a perk reserved for top brass.
It happens even in France which tried out the first cohabitation government in 1986 with Socialist President Francois Mitterrand as president and the right wing Republican Party leader Jacques Chirac as prime minister. Mitterrand kept the portfolios of foreign, defence, nuclear strategy and European Union ...
This long and checkered history came to a close in 1997, when then-President Jacques Chirac ended obligatory national service, whether under military or civilian auspices. Confronted by the hostility of traditional republicans on the left and right, Chirac proposed to replace it with a "rendez-vous citoyen" ...
Mr Macron, who is 40, does this in a decidedly less defensive way than his predecessors (Jacques Chirac once walked out of a summit when a Frenchman spoke in English). He is unapologetic about breaking into English, even on home soil. Nor does he side with purists in seeking to protect the language ...
The well-known presenter of a TV adventure programme, Mr Hulot has campaigned for environmental protection for decades. Mr Macron was the first president to successfully convince the popular environmentalist to join his government after Mr Hulot turned down previous invitations from Jacques Chirac, ...
The well-known presenter of a TV adventure programme, Mr Hulot has campaigned for environmental protection for decades. Mr Macron was the first president to successfully convince the popular environmentalist to join his government after Mr Hulot turned down previous invitations from Jacques Chirac, ...
President Jacques Chirac provided the Iraqi dictator with enough weapons-grade uranium to produce three to four nuclear devices, and trained 600 Iraqi nuclear technicians and scientists. In return, France got $70 million of Iraqi oil. France and other European countries haven't learned the lessons of the ...
Mike Bannerman has been named a partner at Presley & Partners, an accounting and business advisory firm on Vancouver Island. Bannerman has been with the firm since January 2012. Toronto-based Camilla Sutton has been appointed president and CEO of Women in Capital Markets (WCM), a national ...
This included a direct request by then president of France, Jacques Chirac, to then president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, he said. Sooklal in his testimony has detailed just how close he has been to these dealings. He attended meetings in France and South Africa with Thales bosses and South African ...
It was a bruising day for many significant reputations at the People's Tribunal on Economic Crime in Johannesburg on Monday. Lawyer Ajay Sooklal, formerly known as Witness X, took to the stand and implicated two former French Presidents, President Jacob Zuma and a range of notable politicians in the ...
Of the 22 politicians who have occupied the job since 1958, only two—Georges Pompidou and Jacques Chirac—have gone on to become president, and neither did so immediately after leaving Matignon. It may help their improbable bond that Mr Philippe, his friends insist, does not covet Mr Macron's job.

Eventually, Mr. Putin himself showed up, towing world leaders. He hosted President Jacques Chirac of France and his wife in 2001 and President George W. Bush in 2002. President Putin celebrated his own birthday there in 2003. During these glittering occasions, Mr. Prigozhin made sure to hover nearby, ...
French pollster Ifop observed a similar decline over the same period, noting that: “Apart from Jacques Chirac in July 1995, a newly elected ...
... an official First Lady role, and last month Mr Macron suffered the biggest decline in popularity for a French president since Jacques Chirac in ...
Only Jacques Chirac faced a steeper loss of support from the French so soon into his term, according to the New York Times. As French outlets ...
French President Jacques Chirac vacationed at the Auberge Hatley in 2003. His visit proved controversial on both sides of the Atlantic.
French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity has suffered the biggest slide in three months since Jacques Chirac, according to a poll ...
... after then Mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac threatened to 'make trouble' for Australia and New Zealand in European Union trade negotiations.
In the 2002 presidential election he reached the second round of voting, but Left and Right united behind Jacques Chirac to keep him out of the Elysee Palace.
In 1996 Faleomavaega participated in a boycott of an address by French President Jacques Chirac before a joint session of Congress.
Nestled in the Swiss Alps, the chic, chalet-lined village of Gstaad has been a playground for the rich, famous and royal for over a century with illustrious visitors ranging from the British Royal Family to French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac and a ...
Le Pen's father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, won enough votes in 2002 to take on incumbent President Jacques Chirac in the second round.
In 1996, Mr. Faleomavaega participated in a boycott of an address before a joint session of Congress by President Jacques Chirac of France. Days before Mr. Chirac's speech, France conducted a series of nuclear tests at the Moruroa and Fangataufa atolls ...
Today, the unit cost of a new A320 is approximately $99 million. The first A320 aircraft rolled out of the final assembly line on Feb. 14, 1987, witnessed by then French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac and the Prince and Princess of Wales, Charles and Diana.
Voters were then left with a choice between the sitting, right-wing president, Jacques Chirac, and Jean-Marie Le Pen of the far right Front National (FN).
President Jacques Chirac left a 2006 EU summit meeting in a huff after a French business leader addressed the room in English.
But the reality is that Le Pen is nowhere closer to the presidency than her father was 15 years ago, when he reached the second round of the French presidential elections, only to be humiliated by Jacques Chirac. For months, it has been clear Le Pen is ...
France's prestigious National School of Administration adopted the great feminist, journalist and European activist Louise Weiss as its patron for the class of 2016-2017.
LA Opera Music Director James Conlon's world premiere recording of composer John Corigliano and librettist William M. Hoffman's The Ghosts of Versailles, ...
As well as former US president Barack Obama, he once served a meal to ex-French president Jacques Chirac during a visit. "He didn't want to believe that what he had eaten was kosher," he said.
... Ms Le Pen could win the first round of the elections in April, but is expected to be soundly beaten in the run-off in May - a result which would mirror her father's fate in 2002 when he won the first round but lost the run-off by a landslide to ...
France's prestigious National School of Administration adopted the great feminist, journalist and European activist Louise Weiss as its patron for the class of ...
Images of burning cars and hooded youths clashing with police over the past week prompted comparisons with the violence that swept France in 2005, when then President Jacques Chirac was forced to call a national state of emergency due to nightly ...
Beyond Fillon, former President Jacques Chirac and former Prime Minister Alain Juppe were given suspended sentences for corruption.
Triad resident Erik Kirzinger has published a calendar and art book, featuring paintings depicting covert missions of the CIA.
Jacques Chirac, The French President, is sitting in his office when his telephone rings. "Hallo, Mr. Chirac!" a heavily accented voice said.
The Mururoa and Fangataufa atolls saw 193 nuclear tests over three decades until then-president Jacques Chirac called a halt to the programme in the 1990s.
FEZ, MOROCCO - OCTOBER 8: A general view of the Medina October 8, 2003 in Fez, Morocco. French President Jacques Chirac is expected in Fez tomorrow for a three-day official visit that, according to the French foreign ministry, will strengthen bilateral ...
That's what happened in France's 2002 election, when Le Pen's father and co-founder of the Front National was soundly defeated by Jacques Chirac. There's a strong likelihood that history will repeat itself this year. Polls indicate that Le Pen will end ...
Never mind that Sarkozy's immediate predecessor as conservative President was the UMP's Jacques Chirac, who was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence for his role in a fictitious employment scandal.
In 2002, the PS and UMP united to strongly oppose the threat of the unpopular Eurosceptic, anti-establishment FN in the second round of elections, whereby, then President Jacques Chirac won re-election with a strong 82.2% of votes. Today, events may ...
One of the most extraordinary presidential elections in French history took place in 2002 when Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the far-right National Front, unexpectedly progressed to the second-round election with the then-president Jacques Chirac ...
He could yet be spared trial, however, given that the second investigating magistrate in the case disagreed that Sarkozy be put in the dock.
But financial shenanigans have often caught up with prominent French officials: Ex-president Jacques Chirac was found guilty in 2011 over a "fake jobs" scandal while he was mayor of Paris in the 1990s.


 

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