March 12, 2007

OUTLASTED ANOTHER ONE:

Leader who said no to Bush will quit (Chicago Sun-Times, March 12, 2007)

Jacques Chirac, admired and scorned during 12 years as France's president, announced Sunday he will not seek a third term in elections.

It was a widely expected move given his low popularity, his age and a conservative rival who has siphoned off his political base.


The most you can say for him is that he hung around for longer than his pal Saddam.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2007 9:08 AM
Comments

What about the charges against him?

Posted by: erp at March 12, 2007 11:24 AM

"admired"? By whom?

I believed a law was passed a while back that he would become senator-for-life upon leaving office. And as long as he's senator, he wouldn't be prosecuted.

Senator in France? I don't know they have that either. It seems their senators are ceremonial, for political-has-beens and have no say in passing laws.

Posted by: ic at March 13, 2007 2:02 AM

ic, now that you mention it, I seem to remember that too.

Posted by: erp at March 13, 2007 8:07 AM
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