|FROM ||Mike Richardson - NYLXS PRESIDENT
|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] Poor French are upset we discovered their corruption
It was bin laden that attacked the US, not Iraq.
On Sat, 9 Oct 2004, Ruben Safir Secretary NYLXS wrote:
> I just wish that Bush was more straight forward in the statements of
> the facts
> and to hell with the diplomacy during the election.
> Let Kerry and France burn in the same house.
> On 2004.10.09 18:31 Ron Guerin wrote:
> > On Sat, 2004-10-09 at 04:48, Ruben Safir Secretary NYLXS wrote:
> > >
> > > The anger of France and others is focused on the assertions in the
> > > report by Charles A. Duelfer, the top American arms inspector in
> > Iraq,
> > > that French companies and individuals, some with close ties to the
> > > government, enriched themselves through Iraq's efforts to gain
> > > influence around the world in the years before the war.
> > Keep in mind, the Jacques Chirac himself would probably be on his way
> > to
> > jail if not for the immunity from prosecution the President of France
> > enjoys.
> > Excessively immune syndrome
> > Feb 5th 2004
> > From The Economist print edition
> > Nobody should be above the lawâ€”not even Jacques Chirac
> > ANOTHER week, another French politician convicted of
> > corruption.
> > Only this time the politician, Alain JuppÃ©, was not just a
> > former prime minister, serving mayor of Bordeaux and president
> > of the ruling UMP political party. More tellingly, he was the
> > protÃ©gÃ©, closest associate and preferred successor of the
> > French
> > president, Jacques Chirac. And the party-financing chicanery
> > for
> > which he was convicted took place when he was working for Mr
> > Chirac, then mayor of Paris, in the mid-1990s. Indeed, the
> > judges hinted strongly that Mr Chirac was really responsible.
> > Mr JuppÃ© is appealing against his conviction (see article).
> > But
> > the case raises an obvious question: why is the president not
> > in
> > the dock as well? The answer is that, under the constitution,
> > he
> > enjoys sweeping immunity from prosecution for any offence
> > short
> > of high treason, even one committed before he assumed office.
> > In
> > 1999 Mr Chirac obtained a ruling from France's constitutional
> > council that this immunity allowed him to refuse to answer
> > questions put by an investigating magistrate. Mr Chirac
> > insists
> > that the immunity is meant not to protect him, but to uphold
> > the
> > dignity of the presidencyâ€”although he has conceded that the
> > constitution should have a mechanism for presidential
> > impeachment.
> > Dignity of the presidency. *cough*
> > - Ron
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