Between Jacques Chirac and Europe, there is a relationship of reason. But the president has had, on many occasions, the courage to confront his own political family to defend the European project.
I subscribe for 1€ the 1st month < p>If we stick to the alpha and omega of this story, Jacques Chirac's relationship with Europe begins with a sling – the 1978 Cochin Appeal – and ends with a requiem, the lost referendum in 2005 on the constitutional treaty. Between these two dates, it is the stature of a statesman that emerges little by little when, at the turn of the 1990s, the Corrézien resolutely takes the side of including France in Europe, even if it means undergoing the wrath of his own political family. You will not find fiery speeches on European construction in his house, and yet he does have a vision. He is not a federalist, and in his heart will always subsist the idea that Europe is France as a whole. Classically French design, moreover.
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