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British daily asks the French people if they are ashamed of their spineless president, Jacques 'Le Worm' Chirac

The British daily "The Sun" handed out a free special edition of its paper in Paris today:

Greetings to the citizens of Paris from The Sun newspaper, which is read by ten million people every day.

We think your President, Jacques Chirac, is a disgrace to Europe by constantly threatening to veto military action to enforce the will of the United Nations against Iraq. [...]

British people feel M Chirac, who in the UK is nicknamed the 'worm', is arrogantly strutting about trying to make France seem more important in the world than it really is.

The truth is that all the world - including France - recognises that Saddam Hussein must be dealt with. But only the French President seems determined to frustrate the will of the international community. [...]

We also think in Britain that you in France have forgotten how much you owe to other nations, particularly America and Britain, for coming to your aid in two world wars.

You were glad enough to welcome the Americans when Hitler ruled France.

But now you sneer at the American people and their president, and forget how the war cemeteries of France are packed with American and British soldiers and sailors and airmen who laid down their lives so France could be free.

Today, the Americans - backed by other European nations braver than France - are preparing again to rid the world of a tyrant.

On behalf of our ten million readers, we say to you today: Are you not ashamed of your president?

I'm French and I'm ashamed of Jacques "Le Worm".

I copy the full article below and the original in French as well. Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for the link.

The Sun storms Paris
http://www.thesun.co.uk/
article/0,,2-2003081198,,00.html

THE Sun is handing out a special edition of the paper on the streets of Paris today.

In it we ask the French people if they are ashamed of their spineless President, Jacques 'Le Worm' Chirac:

Greetings to the citizens of Paris from The Sun newspaper, which is read by ten million people every day.

We think your President, Jacques Chirac, is a disgrace to Europe by constantly threatening to veto military action to enforce the will of the United Nations against Iraq.

We think it is all the more hypocritical because the world knows that eventually President Chirac will agree to support the UN, America and Great Britain.

British people feel M Chirac, who in the UK is nicknamed the 'worm', is arrogantly strutting about trying to make France seem more important in the world than it really is.

The truth is that all the world - including France - recognises that Saddam Hussein must be dealt with. But only the French President seems determined to frustrate the will of the international community.

When Saddam Hussein has gone, people in Britain and the rest of Europe will look at France and ask themselves whether France is much of an ally any more. People will ask themselves why anyone should bother with what France and its leader say.

We also think in Britain that you in France have forgotten how much you owe to other nations, particularly America and Britain, for coming to your aid in two world wars.

You were glad enough to welcome the Americans when Hitler ruled France.

But now you sneer at the American people and their president, and forget how the war cemeteries of France are packed with American and British soldiers and sailors and airmen who laid down their lives so France could be free.


Today, the Americans - backed by other European nations braver than France - are preparing again to rid the world of a tyrant.

On behalf of our ten million readers, we say to you today:

Are you not ashamed of your president?


Here's the original in French:

THE SUN, journal lu quotidiennement par dix millions de personnes, présente ses salutations aux parisiens.

Nous pensons qu’en menaçant constamment de recourir à son droit de veto pour empêcher toute action militaire destinée à faire appliquer la volonté des Nations Unies en Irak, votre président, Jacques Chirac, est devenu la honte de l’Europe.

Nous pensons que cette attitude est d’autant plus hypocrite que tout le monde sait qu’au bout du compte, le président Chirac apportera finalement son soutien à l’ONU, aux États-Unis et à la Grande Bretagne.

Les citoyens du Royaume-Uni estiment que M. Chirac, qui au Royaume-Uni est surnommé le “Ver”, se pavane avec arrogance sur la scène internationale avec pour seul objectif de donner à son pays une importance démesurée par rapport à la réalité.

La vérité c’est que le monde entier, y compris la France, sait qu’il faut régler le problème Saddam Hussein.

Mais seul le Président français semble décidé à faire obstacle à la volonté de la communauté internationale.

Lorsque Saddam Hussein aura disparu, les britanniques et les autres européens se tourneront vers la France et se poseront la question de savoir si ce pays est encore un allié.

Les peuples se demanderont si ce que dit la France par l’intermédiaire de ses dirigeants à encore la moindre valeur.

Nous, britanniques, pensons également que vous, français, avez oublié ce que vous devez aux autres nations, et en particulier aux États-Unis et à la Grande Bretagne, qui sont venues à votre secours lors des deux guerres mondiales.

Vous n’étiez que trop heureux d’accueillir les américains lorsque la France était écrasée sous la botte hitlérienne.

Mais aujourd’hui vous méprisez le peuple américain et son président, et vous oubliez combien de soldats, de marins et de pilotes, américains et britanniques, ont donné leur vie, ainsi qu’en témoignent les cimetières militaires de France, pour la libération de ce pays.

Aujourd’hui, les américains, soutenus en cela par d’autres nations européennes plus courageuses que la France, se préparent à débarrasser le monde d’un autre tyran.

Au nom de nos dix millions de lecteurs, nous vous posons aujourd’hui cette question:

N’avez-vous pas honte de votre President?

Posted by David Melle at February 19, 2003 10:15 PM
Comments

Generally, I am against cartoons that likens presidents and public figures to animals and insects...etc It is simply disrespectable to men who are elected to rule by their own people...

As for the above article it is simply full nonsense... the french people are 100% behind Chirac a recent poll in Paris showed that 76% of the french are aganist war so Mr. Chirac is voicing both his government and people...

Why does the author keep going back and forth in history??? Chirac was not in power in WW2 ..YES the Americans rescued Paris from Hitler but does this mean that re pay goes indefinitly?? and what does that have to do with the present situation??
And by the way Chirac is not obstructing the International community because the international community is aganist war; An anti war rally in London itself comprised of almost 1M people, 750000 in Sydney, 700000 in Rome, 500000 in Paris, and millions all over the world what International Community is the author talking about??

Yes Saddam Hussien is a bloody dictator and needs to be dealt with but I am sure this does not need 120000 US troops 5 Aircraft carriers and even nuclear weapons!!!

The US and the UK both seem so sure Iraq is a threat despite the fact that it is open for inspection for over 3 months now what about North Korea which not only kicked out UN inspectors and pulled out of the Nuclear Weapons banning Treaty but openly announced that it will proceed with its nuclear plans and even threatned the US with nuclear weapons! Why isn't Mr. Bush and his administration doing something about these very obvious threats!! As an American I simply do not understand??

Posted by: Diana on February 20, 2003 06:38 AM

Iraq and N Korea are two different threats. N Korea openly announces it has nukes. Iraq denies it has nukes dispite the fact the UN have found plans of Iraq making nukes which can only mean Iraq's only purpose of those nukes when made is to use them. N Korea tells the world it has A bombs because it is starved for money and attention. Two different scenarios but you'll probably say, "The US needs to treat all threats the same way everytime. The US are also mean bullies and I am a loony liberal who hates America and supports tyranny in hopes of being of the elite class of rich people in a dictator's country."

Posted by: Onimaru on February 21, 2003 03:01 PM

I would like to point out, as a UK citizen. The Sun newspaper does not represent the feelings of the educated majority within my country. Any more than the 'National Enquirer' represents american views? (hopefully!) Please do not read any more importance into articles from this particular publication. I know your trying to push across 'your angle' on all this but try and find some *reliable* sources please, when publishing to the world the opinions of the British people. If you claim to only be using 'the facts' would it not be better to use *all* of them and not just ones you find that support your own cause? If so, start trying to find some proper material.

Posted by: kino on March 1, 2003 10:35 PM

Actually, Kino, 60% of the British population is in favor of war with Iraq (as long as there's UN backing). So basically, the British people want WAR, but they don't want to be a bully. The British are afraid that the French, Russians, and Chinese might not like them anymore.

Your numbers for those anti-war protests are grossly exaggerated. I didn't know there were that many pacifists and hippies alive today. Also, some of those those "anti-war protestors" would support the war if there was UN backing.

The Americans aren't so worried about others as evident by polls that show 60% support for the war without UN backing.

Every 3 out of 4 French are against the war. Before the Civil War, the majority of the population in the South were in favor of slavery. During WWII, the German people were in favor of Hitler attacking other
European nations for purely its own economic reasons. The point is just because the majority believes in something, DOESN'T MEAN IT'S RIGHT!

There are many reasons why the French are anti-war. First, the French have seen the impact of war as witnessed by Hitler's march into Paris. Second, the French have a deep loathing for the United States and Britain. Third, Chirac has economic ties and contracts with Iraq - the French support Chirac (their leader), Chirac supports Iraq, therefore the French also support Iraq.

I'd like to comment on a quote from Diana's post - "the french people are 100% behind Chirac a recent poll in Paris showed that 76% of the french are aganist war". That doesn't make sense - Chirac is agains the war in Iraq, ~25% of the French are for the war, therefore these 25% are not behind Chirac. Not 100% of the French are behind Chirac, but instead 75% are!

I think caricatures of political figures are good for society because it does not glorify the politicians. For example, the Roman leaders like Augustus were glorified as gods. When Nero, Claudius, and the other Roman emperors took power - they were glorified by the people and they did not challenge them for quite a while. Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" allowed the world not to be afraid of Adolf Hitler. Hitler's propaganda where he has huge masses of Germans saluting him made many Americans and Brits afraid of the man. Who would want to fight such a powerful speaker and impressive figure. The "Great Dictator" put HItler in his place. The same can be said about Chirac - don't idolize the man - if he's a worm, then it's a lot easier to speak your mind freely. The same with my president, Bush, and Britain's Blair. See these great men as fools and you can speak one's feelings more confidently.

Diane, I hope you aren't that stupid not to be able to understand the liberation of paris mention. The Americans liberated France - saved the French basically. If I scratch your back, scratch mine. I'm sure a true Frenchman would mention France's help in the Rev war, but this was paid back during WWI with US soldiers fighting against the Germans when they weren't needed.

No, payback doesn't have to be indefinite - just a one time thing. When has the French helped America besides the Rev War? The point is the Americans aren't even asking for French military support (oxymoron?) - they just want UN backing. America gives Turkey millions of dollars, they allow us to use their air bases. America gives France thousands of American lives, they support us in the war. SIMPLE LOGIC.

Actually, the international community is probably for the War. Britain, Japan, Italy, the US, Bulgaria, Spain, Ireland, Australia, a number of eastern european countries, Mexico, Canada, Kuwait, Philippines, etc. In fact, most likely the new UN resolution will likely pass only to be vetoed by the French and possibly others.

Your numbers for those anti-war protests are grossly exaggerated. I didn't know there were that many pacifists and hippies alive today. Also, some of those those "anti-war protestors" would support the war if there was UN backing.

So Saddam doesn't need to be dealt with military force? Let me ask you something - Adolf Hitler comes to mind. Could Hitler have been disarmed peacedfully? Give me a break - Saddam bears the same resemblence to Hitler - murders his people, invaded another country, has mass destruction weapons, and also HATES JEWS! Also, nuclear weapons aren't even an option - Iraq will be a pushover for the strength of the American military.

Yeah, Iraq has been a threat for 3 months. The threat gets larger and larger as every month goes by. As every month goes by, Saddam is closer to having a nuclear weapon. As every month goes by, he's closer to giving his weapons of mass destruction to terrorists.

As a fellow American, you should realize that President Bush meant what he said after 9/11 that there'll be a war on terrorism.

Your confusion over N. Korea can be clear up very easily.

A lion won't attack a human unless the human presents a danger to the lion. N. Korea has a nuclear weapon - but it won't use it against the United States because the US isn't presenting a danger! North Korea just, as another person said, wants attention. They want money, which the US has more of than any other country.

Iraq is different. If a nuclear weapon is created by Saddam, he will not hesitate to use it IMMEDIATELY. Saddam has reasons to use it ASAP - the loss in the Gulf War, Israel's occupation of Palestine (sorry Jews), hates the Kurds in the North, hates the Iranians, has a hisotry of invading countries!, and above all, he will become revered by every muslim and arab.

Another point to make why Iraq is more important now than N. Korea. A bully who is trying to get a gun AND will shoot you pose a much larger problem THAN a bully who has a gun but won't shoot you except for extreme circumstances.

Sigh* - i'm tired.

Posted by: Calvin on March 13, 2003 08:07 PM

Is it that few in the world today see the Baath Party as the bastard child of the Nazi Party? Started on the ideal of Socialism and Liberty, Michel Aflaq tosses out the Liberty part because it doesn't fit well with the Socialism part. It attracts a half bastard, sadistic and Jew (also Hindu, Christian, other kind of Muslim) hating little poor boy, who hijacks a religion in a ruse of nationalism. Rapes and torture are performed like ceremonies in his city and people are ready to die for him like he is some sort of god or idol. Can the world really believe that this guy really poses no threat to his enemies? Is this why some countries prefer him as a friend?

Posted by: Eric on April 1, 2003 12:49 PM

And kino? The Guardian does represernt us I presume? Sun readers make up the single largest group in Britain today. 10 times more people read it than than the American bashing, anti-semtic Guardian. Its so funny to see'liberals'(you hate far more many people than right wingers!) mock the majority in Britain as 'uneducated'. Stop being a snob.

Posted by: Jack on May 25, 2003 03:41 AM
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