Reaffirming Solidarity with the U.S.

Jacques Chirac, 49, Premier of France from 1974 to 1976, mayor of Paris since 1977 and leader of the neo-Gaullists, the largest opposition party in the National Assembly:

It is not unusual to look with skepticism upon summit meetings like the one that will take place at Versailles. Their past record is disappointing. How many such meetings have produced results? How many have been content simply to restate the points of disagreement among the world's seven great powers, each leader then returning from the summit to pursue the policies he intended to apply all along?

Nevertheless, the Versailles summit represents an opportunity for...

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