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On New Year's Eve, Jacques Chirac will almost certainly address the nation as president for the last time. Barring some national calamity or crisis before the elections in April and May, this will be the final chance for M. Chirac to speak to his 'chers compatriotes' on live television and try to make some sense of the muddle of his 40 years in politics and the calamities of his nearly 12 years in the Elysée Palace.

Will he finally admit that, at 74 years old, and with absurdly low poll ratings, he has no chance of winning another term in office? Will he finally endorse the candidacy of his detested, former protégé Nicolas Sarkozy? Probably not. Not yet, anyway.

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Has Jacques Chirac`s presidency been a complete disaster for France?
Why are we asking this question now?

On New Year`s Eve, Jacques Chirac will almost certainly address the nation as president for the last time. Barring some national calamity or crisis before the elections in April and May, this will be the final chance for M. Chirac to speak to his `chers compatriotes` on live television and try to make some sense of the muddle of his 40 years in politics and the calamities of his nearly 12 years in the Elysée Palace.

Will he finally admit that, at 74 years old, and with absurdly low poll ratings, he has no chance of winning another term in office? Will he finally endorse the candidacy of his detested, former protégé Nicolas Sarkozy? Probably not. Not yet, anyway.

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15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/3/07 - 12:54:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wtf?
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/3/07 - 12:59:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
How does this question appeal to a wide range of audience?
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/3/07 - 1:07:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't see it as a disaster, but he doesn't seem to have helped too much. There's been high unemployment for ages, but I feel sorry for him after he got the blame for France losing the 2012 Olympics again after that Finnish food joke.
Well done to him though for standing up to George Bush and Tony Blair at the United Nations on the whole Iraq thing.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/3/07 - 4:30:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/3/2007 12:59:18 PM yvetterene wrote:
How does this question appeal to a wide range of audience?

If you haven't heard of France or Jacque Chirac, you need to turn on the news more

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/4/07 - 1:51:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/3/2007 12:59:18 PM yvetterene wrote:
How does this question appeal to a wide range of audience?

as much as any american congress related question.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/19/07 - 7:29:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't truly know enough about him to truly say, but from what I have heard, France has not been in the best of shape. The Maghreb riots especially seemed to illuminate a large amount of discontent and social problems in France. Whether that is due ti Chirac or not, I do not know.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/19/07 - 7:53:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wouldn't say somplete disaster, I"m sure he did some good things.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/12/07 - 11:10:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
Bush was a complete disaster if you think the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and he still managed to get reelected so Jacques Chirac does still stand a chance.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/19/07 - 11:46:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
Can't be as bad as George Bush...I mean I didn't even know who France's president was before this thread...or even if they had one.



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