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Speech in honour of the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Your Majesty, Prime Minister of Canada, Ministers, Members of Parliament and elected representatives, Ambassadors, Monsieur le Préfet, General Officers, Ladies and gentlemen,
We are gathered today at the monument to the Canadian soldiers killed at the battle of Vimy Ridge.
90 years ago, on Easter Monday 1917, an allied offensive attacked an enemy fortress here, a fortress defended by reinforced concrete, barbed wire, machine-gun nests, mines and trenches, and which had already cost the (...)
10th-04-2007 19:02
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Interview at the time of the emission "The Charlie Rose Show" - First part

Charlie Rose:
Dominique De Villepin is here. He is the Prime Minister of France. He is a close confidant of President Chirac. He served as Chief of Staff, later as Interior Minister. One of the defining moments of his career came when he was the Foreign Minister and led his country’s opposition to the war in Iraq. Here is a part of what he said during one of the best known speeches at the United Nations Security Council. It took place on February 14th, 2003.
[video clip]
He became Prime (...)
17th-03-2007 00:00

Interview at the time of the emission "The Charlie Rose Show" - Second part

Charlie Rose:
Okay, but if you look at the relationship between United States and France, after that vote at the U.N. and after all the consequence had taken place because of that, is there, in the second term of the Bush administration, in your judgment, a more -- a deeper awareness of what you just said?
Dominique De Villepin:
Oh definitely. I think that if you come to all the different fields in which we work together -- counter terrorism, Iran, Lebanon, Africa -- we have been working (...)
17th-03-2007 00:00

Visit to the United States of America - Speech by Dominique de Villepin, Prime Minister, at Harvard University¹ - Boston, 16 March

First, allow me to thank Harvard University, the Kennedy School of Government and the Minda de Gunsburg Center for European Studies for welcoming me here today. I had the pleasure to share a moment, a little while ago, with Dean David Ellwood and Professor Joseph Nye, and I would like to thank Mary Jo Bane, Academic Dean of the Kennedy School, for her introduction in this magnificent forum in which I now have the privilege to speak. I would also like to offer my very special thanks to the (...)
16th-03-2007 00:00

Kennedy School of Government : Questions - answers

My name is Tafik Rahim. I am student here at the Kennedy School from Canada. Thank you Mr. Prime Minister for your speech here today and your appeal for a new global order. Let me just say before I ask my question that I hope, with your statements about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you will work with the rest of your European partners to recognize the democratic government of Palestine, and its legitimacy. And as well lead the Quartet to that conclusion.
My question (...)
16th-03-2007 00:00

ONU - Stake out

I will start with a few remarks in English, and then switch to French.
It was a great pleasure for me to have this opportunity to meet Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after our meeting in Paris in November.
I assured him of the strong support of France, both for him and for the United Nations. You know how much we are committed to collective security and to the role of the United Nations around the world. We also strongly support the United Nations reform process: we need to have a more (...)
15th-03-2007 00:00

Interview given by M. Dominique de Villepin, Prime Minister, to the “Al Hayat” newspaper - Paris, 3 March 2007

Q. - Do you think the British withdrawal which is beginning in Iraq is a good thing for that country? Do you think the American troops are going to end up having to do the same under Bush’s presidency? How do you see Iraq’s future, is the country inevitably going to be under Iranian hegemony?
THE PRIME MINISTER - I want to be perfectly clear: the situation in Iraq is very serious. Over 12,000 civilians were killed in 2006 alone; every day brings its (...)
7th-03-2007 09:08

Strategic Council for enhancing France’s investment attractiveness (Conseil stratégique de l’attractivité) - Speech by M. Dominique de Villepin, Prime Minister

1. This meeting was first of all the opportunity to take stock of the impact of the measures we’ve taken over the past few months to enhance France’s investment attractiveness.
At the last government seminar on investment attractiveness, in May 2006, we agreed on 40 measures to be adopted. All these measures are now in force and were brought in on schedule.
We have reformed the taxe professionnelle [business tax based on capital and turnover], which has been capped at 3.5% of a (...)
1st-02-2007 11:08

Dinner of the Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France (Crif) - Speech by M. Dominique de Villepin, Prime Minister

The principles of the Republic are our common good, a precious good we must defend against the temptations of intolerance and identity politics.(...) They are what make French diversity an opportunity and an asset.
It is indeed in the name of these principles that we must continue, ever and always, to fight the scourge of anti-Semitism.
Like other countries, in the early years of the decade, France was confronted with a recrudescence of anti-Semitic acts.(...) To (...)
23rd-01-2007 00:00

Visit to South Africa - Speech by M. Dominique de Villepin, Prime Minister, at Wits University

France, Europe and Africa: towards a new partnership in a globalized world
It is a great honour and a great pleasure for me to address you today at the South African Institute of International Affairs in the prestigious University of the Witwatersrand, a place that stands as a symbol of the youth and energy of your country.
1. South Africa gives us reasons to believe in the future: Today, you are one of the emerging regional powers that contribute to the economic development (...)
1st-12-2006 00:00

Interministerial Committee for Sustainable Development - Speech by M. Dominique de Villepin, Prime Minister (excerpts)

We have just held a meeting of the Interministerial Committee for Sustainable Development. We have updated our national strategy and our action programmes in this sphere, and in particular the government plan to combat climate warming: the Climate Plan.
The environment is a global issue. Our efforts would be pointless if we were the only ones to commit ourselves to working for the planet’s future. At President Chirac’s instigation, France is in the vanguard of this battle for the (...)
13th-11-2006 00:00

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