Are there lessons to be learned from Chirac’s foreign policy?

Former French president Jacques Chirac died on Thursday at the age of 86. How should we view the foreign policy of a president who famously said "non" to the US war on terror?


Jacques Chirac certainly made France’s voice heard on the world stage from 1995-2007. His foreign policy style was praised for its panache and independence but also criticised for jeopardising France’s alliances. Should we view his foreign policy as a new type of diplomacy or simply a continuity of the Charles de Gaulle and François Mitterrand years?

In this documentary, world leaders from this era - former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former German chancellor Gerard Schröder and George W. Bush’s aide Paul Wolfowitz - discuss Chirac’s foreign policy for the first time.

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