Europe's Lone Ranger Rides Again


MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Chirac blocked reform of the cap at the E.U.'s October summit

The old cowboy of French politics is sitting tall in the saddle again. Six months after his re-election to the French presidency, Jacques Chirac is out to shoot down those who presumed to write off his country as a serious international player. Over the past two weeks, Chirac forced the Bush Administration toward a weaker U.N. resolution on Iraq; he bushwhacked would-be reformers of the E.U.'s costly Common Agricultural Policy (cap), thus preserving lucrative subsidies for French farmers. In September he sent troops to Africa to prop up a threatened regime in France's former colony, Ivory Coast. These days, Chirac is...

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