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January 29, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter
French judges on Thursday acquitted former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on charges of conspiring in a campaign to slander French President Nicolas Sarkozy and prevent his victory in the 2007 presidential election. The ruling was expected to boost De Villepin's position as the conservative most capable of challenging Sarkozy's near monopoly of the moderate right that now dominates French politics. "It's been a nasty birthday for Sarkozy," said Gael Sliman, political commentator and deputy director of France's BVA polling institute.
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March 25, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter
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.
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April 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, a critic of the war in Iraq, was named interior minister under a government shake-up. The changes followed the governing party's defeat in regional elections. De Villepin will be replaced by European Commissioner Michel Barnier, the presidential Elysee Palace announced. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy becomes head of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry.
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January 29, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter
French judges on Thursday acquitted former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on charges of conspiring in a campaign to slander French President Nicolas Sarkozy and prevent his victory in the 2007 presidential election. The ruling was expected to boost De Villepin's position as the conservative most capable of challenging Sarkozy's near monopoly of the moderate right that now dominates French politics. "It's been a nasty birthday for Sarkozy," said Gael Sliman, political commentator and deputy director of France's BVA polling institute.
WORLD
September 22, 2009 | Reuters
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.
WORLD
March 25, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter
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.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
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.
OPINION
March 14, 2003 | Andy Borowitz, Andy Borowitz writes a daily humor column at www.borowitzreport.com.
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.
WORLD
July 28, 2007 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
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.
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October 22, 2009 | Devorah Lauter
It's the duel of the decade, if you believe the French press, which has lavishly painted a monthlong trial pitting former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin against his longtime rival, President Nicolas Sarkozy, as the ultimate battle between France's alpha politicians. "Who will kill whom?" ran a recent headline in the French weekly Jeune Afrique. The left-leaning satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo ran a cartoon of a devil-horned Sarkozy holding up De Villepin's head and gripping a bloodstained knife labeled Clearstream, a reference to the bank clearing house at the center of the trial.
WORLD
September 22, 2009 | Reuters
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.
WORLD
July 28, 2007 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
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.
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March 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Services
Rampaging French youths Thursday set fire to cars, looted shops and threw chunks of concrete at police, who fought back with tear gas as protests over a labor law turned violent. Police said nationwide demonstrations against the law drew at least 220,000 marchers. Organizers said the turnout was at least 450,000.
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June 1, 2005 | Sebastian Rotella and Achrene Sicakyuz, Times Staff Writers
Responding to one of the worst political crises of his 10 years in office, French President Jacques Chirac named a veteran diplomat as prime minister Tuesday and said the new government would concentrate on reducing unemployment. Dominique de Villepin, best known as the fiery, silver-haired spokesman for France's opposition to the Iraq war, replaced Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who resigned Tuesday after voters rejected the proposed European Union constitution.
WORLD
April 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, a critic of the war in Iraq, was named interior minister under a government shake-up. The changes followed the governing party's defeat in regional elections. De Villepin will be replaced by European Commissioner Michel Barnier, the presidential Elysee Palace announced. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy becomes head of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry.
WORLD
March 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Services
Rampaging French youths Thursday set fire to cars, looted shops and threw chunks of concrete at police, who fought back with tear gas as protests over a labor law turned violent. Police said nationwide demonstrations against the law drew at least 220,000 marchers. Organizers said the turnout was at least 450,000.
WORLD
June 1, 2005 | Sebastian Rotella and Achrene Sicakyuz, Times Staff Writers
Responding to one of the worst political crises of his 10 years in office, French President Jacques Chirac named a veteran diplomat as prime minister Tuesday and said the new government would concentrate on reducing unemployment. Dominique de Villepin, best known as the fiery, silver-haired spokesman for France's opposition to the Iraq war, replaced Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who resigned Tuesday after voters rejected the proposed European Union constitution.
WORLD
March 17, 2003 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
It's hard to believe, but only last summer the two-man team now leading France's diplomatic clash with the United States was expected to improve U.S.-French relations. President Jacques Chirac won reelection in May and installed a center-right administration after seven years of uneasy coexistence with a Socialist government that butted heads frequently with Washington. Although aloofness from the U.S.
OPINION
March 14, 2003 | Andy Borowitz, Andy Borowitz writes a daily humor column at www.borowitzreport.com.
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.
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