posted on Feb, 14 2003 @ 04:15 PM
French President Jacques Chirac's special relationship with Saddam Hussein goes back almost 30 years. As the French Foreign Minister in 1974, Chirac
was instrumental in boosting France's diplomatic and economic ties with oil-rich Iraq. Chirac called Saddam Hussein "a personal friend" after
Chirac and Hussein finalized the agreement for the construction of a French-built nuclear reactor near Baghdad; the reactor that was later bombed by
Chirac's long-standing relationship with Saddam Hussein and France's vast financial interests with the current Iraqi Government goes a long way in
explaining France's seemingly inexplicable passion to keep Saddam Hussein in power.
While America's closest allies in the Middle East are Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, who are France's best friends? No less of despots
than Syria, Iraq and Iran - 3 of 7 nations the US lists as state sponsors of international terrorism. Take Iraq, for example. In 1974, the then
French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, who is also the current French president, called Saddam Hussein a "personal friend," and it was Chirac's
government that built the controversial nuclear reactor near Baghdad that Israel (the US' ally), thankfully, blew to bits. And according to the BBC:
"By the late 1970s France was second only to the USSR as supplier of both civilian and military equipment to the Iraqis. The trend continued under
French socialist governments in the 1980s. Like other Western countries, France strongly backed Iraq in its war against Iran. Paris supplied Baghdad
with sophisticated weaponry, including Mirage fighter bombers and Super Etendard aircraft equipped with Exocet missiles. When the Iraqis found it hard
to pay up, Paris rescheduled the debt."
French President Jacques Chirac has said he knows of no relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda, and has warned that a war against Baghdad could
provoke terrorists to stage new attacks.
If there are no terrorist's there why should we fear an attack?Most likely they are there and Chirac does not want to adimit it.I think no
matter what the evidence is,no matter how damning it may be France will veto any act of war against Iraq.I would not be a bit surprised if the
French are informing Saddam where the inspectors are going to be,so nothing is found.IMO