Ferrrand said: “The French people have lost an indefatigable republican, visionary, attentive to the great debates of his time ... Jacques Chirac is part of the history of France. A France in his image: spirited, complex, often full of contradictions, always driven by a tireless republican passion.” … [Read more...] about World reacts to death of ‘spirited, complex’ Jacques Chirac
Britain has issued the embattled Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, a stark ultimatum, warning him it would throw its weight behind the country’s self-declared interim leader unless he called an election within the next eight days – as the US government called on the world to “pick a side” in the crisis. … [Read more...] about US asks world to ‘pick a side’ on Venezuela as UK calls for fair elections
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The foreign ministers of France, Germany and Russia today made a joint declaration that they will "not allow" passage of a UN resolution authorising war against Iraq. "We will not allow a resolution to pass that authorises resorting to force," the French foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, said at a press conference. The conference followed a hastily-arranged mini-summit between the three nations' foreign ministers in Paris. … [Read more...] about UN war doubters unite against resolution
A spokeswoman from the Chinese embassy in the UK made no direct mention of the Queen’s comments, saying only: “President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the UK last year was very successful. Both sides at the working level made great efforts towards the success of the visit.” … [Read more...] about UK’s ‘golden era’ with China in balance after Queen comments
"Many historians feel France has not come to terms with the real history of its colonial era. This idea of a jungle or a forest surrounding the museum, a place where you will discover the 'dark continent' is a problem. It's as if these other continents are still savage, exuberant, dangerous and primitive. These are all the old cliches that still abound in France. … [Read more...] about Chirac leaves controversial legacy with monument to African and Asian culture