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Former French FM Villepin: 'We should try to find common ground with Russia'

Dominique de Villepin became famous as French foreign minister for refusing to support the US-led war in Iraq in 2003. He gives us his point of view on how Europe should deal with Donald Trump, Russia and the migrant crisis.


Faced with the unpredictability of US President Donald Trump, the former French foreign minister believes "it’s important to be united as Europeans and to take the lead". Villepin adds that the election of Trump is "both a challenge and an opportunity" to "show that Europe is useful".

Villepin argues that sanctions on Russia have not worked and says Europe should now aim for dialogue with Moscow. "We should try to find common ground with Russia", he told FRANCE 24.

Villepin also takes aim at the EU, criticising the decision to encourage Libya to limit the number of migrants leaving its shores for Europe. He says the EU should step up security at its own borders instead of "trying to rely on other countries to take responsibility for us", which he calls "crazy".

A programme presented by Eve Irvine.

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Anais Guerard.

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