September 22, 2009 |
Former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin went on trial Monday, accused of conspiring to smear Nicolas Sarkozy in 2004 and wreck his chances of becoming president. The trial, expected to run for a month, will focus on the biggest political scandal France has seen in years -- a murky story featuring forged documents, spies and bitter enmities. The so-called Clearstream affair nearly destroyed the center-right government of then-President Jacques Chirac, in which the former diplomat De Villepin and the blunt-spoken outsider Sarkozy were rival ministers.
March 25, 2010 |
Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on Thursday announced the creation of a new, as yet unnamed, political party that would help challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 election. De Villepin, who served as prime minister under former conservative President Jacques Chirac, revealed his plans just days after Sarkozy's center-right party suffered a sound defeat by a coalition of left-wing parties in the final round of regional elections Sunday. Analysts said the election results showed the administration, led by Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement, or UMP, has disenchanted voters as the country copes with a struggling economy and rising unemployment.
February 15, 2003
"So what have we just learned from the report by Mr. Blix and Mr. ElBaradei? That the inspections are producing results. Of course, each of us wants more, and we will continue together to put pressure on Baghdad to obtain more. But the inspections are producing results." * "No one can assert today that the path of war will be shorter than that of the inspections. No one can claim either that it might lead to a safer, more just and more stable world. For war is always the sanction of failure.
March 8, 2003
The military agenda must not dictate the calendar of inspections. We cannot accept an ultimatum as long as inspectors are reporting cooperation. Why choose division when our unity and resolve are leading Iraq to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction? * Behind [British Foreign Minister Jack Straw's] presentation there is the idea of an ultimatum, the 17th of March. This is the logic of war. We don't accept this logic.
March 14, 2003 |
Dr. Wendy Agar, an expert in the field of relationships, answers your questions about love, romance and intimacy. Dear Dr. Wendy: I have fallen madly, passionately in love with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin. My friends tell me that I shouldn't trust the French, especially after the way they've backstabbed us in the Security Council. But once I get a load of Dominique's dreamy eyes and his sexy French accent, I completely forget that he's about to veto our resolution.
July 28, 2007 |
Investigating magistrates Friday accused one of France's most powerful men over the past decade, former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, of using intelligence operatives to try to smear President Nicolas Sarkozy when the two were aspiring presidential contenders. After questioning De Villepin, the two judges formally named him a suspect in a case involving a fabricated list of political personalities said to have received kickbacks.