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France’s Foreign Minister: If he didn’t exist we’d have to make him up
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, August 03, 2006

France's Foreign Minister Phillippe Douste-Blazy on Tuesday talking about Iran:
Iran is a significant, respected player in the Middle East which is playing a stabilizing role, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said earlier Monday in Beirut.

"It was clear that we could never accept a destabilization of Lebanon, which could lead to a destabilization of the region," Douste-Blazy said in Beirut.

"In the region there is of course a country such as Iran - a great country, a great people and a great civilization which is respected and which plays a stabilizing role in the region," he told a news conference.
France's Foreign Minister Phillippe Douste-Blazy on Thursday talking about Iran's call to destroy Israel:
"I totally condemn these words," Douste-Blazy said on France-Inter radio, in response to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statement Thursday that the solution to the current Middle East crisis was to destroy Israel.
The only one surprised by all of this, apparently, is Douste-Blazy. He looks a bit like Peter Sellers, doesn't he?
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Is it just me or is his name alarmingly close to "douche-bag"?

And, regarding resemblances...
Written By: D
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Bear in mind, diplomats often say things for the benefit of the opposing Party rather than the general public. It’s perfectly plausible that he’s trying to pacify or stroke Iran in order to make some diplomatic progress. If that goes over like a lead balloon to the general public...well, it’s better to make progress with Iran and take the darts from the proles than to curry international favor while losing geopolitical ground.
Written By: Jon Henke
It’s perfectly plausible that he’s trying to pacify or stroke Iran
Yes, it’s plausible. But it is far more likely that the man is dumber than a bag of sand AFAIAC.
Written By: D
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My initial thoughts on the matter were the same as Jon’s. As a matter of fact, I felt almost certain that the first statement was exactly that: a way of buttering the slope to make it easier for Iran to actually help by making any push of Hizb’allah by Iran look statesmanlike and magnanimous.

Then someone pointed out that he is also the same guy that a while back seemed puzzled as to whether and why the UK didn’t ship British Jews to the concentration camps in WWII. To me, that pretty much swung the needle away from "diplomatic coyness" to "a case of extreme d*mb*ss."

Written By: Terry
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He is the French Howard Dean
Written By: kyle N
If that goes over like a lead balloon to the general public...well, it’s better to make progress with Iran and take the darts from the proles than to curry international favor while losing geopolitical ground.
Uh not entirely Jon.... IF the public repudiates the policy enunciated, then it is IRRELEVANT as to whether or not Iran is mollified. There is a very nice part of Taskforce by Middlebrook, IIRC, that makes the point that one of the problems that the British Foreign Office had was that it did NOT play politics in Parliament, whereas the the US State Dept. was always very conscious of the fact that ultimately Congress, and indirectly the public, had to buy into the policy(ies) proposed. So no, Foreign Policy and statements by the Foreign Minister MUST be couched in terms that are acceptable to the nation’s public. Now Foreign Affairs may not be on the top of the French public’s list or the public may accept the formulation of the French Minister, but no policy MUST be crafted with one eye cast over the minister’s shoulder.
Written By: Joe
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Well, he undoubtedly went to the French university that turns out all it’s bureaucrats/politicians, so he must be some sort of near-perfect, big-brained French intellectual, so he has to be right.
Written By: JorgXMcKie
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Douste-Blazy /DOUST-eh Bla-ZEE/ is completely out of his depth. He had no previous foreign policy experience. The kind of dim bureaucrat appointed by an aging and discredited administration. A bit like Bolton, actually, in that both men look like muppets.
Written By: French JP
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Shoot, I was hoping it pronounced like Dusty Blazy.
Either a cowboy or a porn-star.
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