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Jacques Chirac’s Iraq War Opposition

Jacques Chirac famously pushed back against the United States over the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The former French president died on Thursday at 86. This is how he explained his position on the war on French television.

Flamboyant French president dies at 86

The world paid tribute to former French President Jacques Chirac after his death was announced on Thursday at the age of 86. Chirac served as president for 12 years (1995-2007), was two times prime minister, and three times elected mayor of Paris. His two mandates will be remembered by his firm stance against Bush's Iraq war, the end of conscription, the recognition of France's responsibility for Nazi crimes, the transition to the five-year term, and his famous quote "our house is burning" in relation to climate change.

His political mentor President Georges Pompidou made him Minister of Agriculture in 1972, after handling of several other briefs. He was then appointed Minister of the Interior in February 1974. After Pompidou's sudden death on 2 April 1974, his successor Valery Giscard d'Estaing entrusted Chirac with the office of Prime Minister in May 1974. Two years later, he resigned, over a disagreement with the president over his authority, and developed his political base among France's various conservative parties. After his departure from the cabinet, Chirac was voted Mayor of Paris in 1977. His 18 uninterrupted years in that position prepared him to run for president.

When finally elected to the presidency in 1995, Chirac vowed to reduce the gap between rich and poor. In 1997 he dissolved parliament, aiming to consolidate the conservatives' hold on the country, but the socialists triumphed in elections instead, and Chirac was forced to share power with Lionel Jospin who was elected prime minister for five years. Chirac was re-elected in 2002 after Jospin failed to do well enough, which led voters to choose between either Chirac or the far-right candidate Jean-Marie le Pen in the second round. In the first round, Chirac's unpopularity stood out, but he managed to defeat Le Pen. He later gained in the popularity polls due to his strong opposition to George W. Bush's push for war against Iraq.

Brut.

09/26/2019 4:12 PM

13 comments

  • Ken C.
    09/28/2019 19:00

    Does anyone remember Freedom Fries? 😅

  • العراقي ا.
    09/27/2019 19:10

    العنك ألله في الدنيه ولاخره

  • Ouardia O.
    09/27/2019 16:26

    😪😪

  • Rubicon F.
    09/27/2019 16:01

    Chirac got it right, it was an unnecessary but deliberate invasion of the wrong target. Flagrant abuse of power and unnecessary loss of lives while throwing the middle East in chaos.

  • Daniel O.
    09/27/2019 10:49

    Didn’t he turn out to be correct? The war mongers won’t listen.

  • Dennison M.
    09/27/2019 02:11

    The guy that worked nonstop to go to war in the Middle East in the 2000s is still there lmaooo.

  • Frank M.
    09/27/2019 00:56

    He was right...

  • Muhammad F.
    09/26/2019 23:34

    America supplied the weapons of mass destruction to Iraq to fight a war with Iran.It took the weapons back when Iraq_Iran war ended. Invasion of Iraq was based on lies and it was done to stop the progress of the regionMiddle East has been in chaos since then.And that's what America had wanted_destabilize the region by destroying Iraq and Libya and pave way for Israel to control the region

  • Peter M.
    09/26/2019 20:42

    🖕Chirac

  • Cody B.
    09/26/2019 20:35

    Just another bloated hypocritical lying politician

  • Julio G.
    09/26/2019 18:22

    Bárbaro.palabras precisas.

  • Brut
    09/26/2019 17:08

    Read Jacques Chirac's obituary: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/obituaries/jacques-chirac-dead.html

  • Vladimir N.
    09/26/2019 16:16

    One of the worst politicians in history, truly an ignorant person.