In a message dated 2/24/03 7:11:08 PM !!!First Boot!!!, [log in to unmask] writes:

Chirac is trying
to make sure that he goes down in history as a true heir of de Gaulle. I'm
afraid his stance and rhetoric on the Iraq crisis have a lot do with this,
and no doubt France's own oil policy is also in the background. It saddens
me to think that internationalists must rely on such allies to try and
prevent a hazardous military adventure.

And, no doubt, when the going gets touch, like de Gaulle, Chirac will take refuge in Britain.