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Wednesday, May 09, 2007


AU REVOIR, JACQUES: France: Chirac Starts to Bow Out - New York Times 

France: Chirac Starts to Bow Out - New York Times

Chirac is out and Sarkozy is in.

President Jacques Chirac made his last major public appearance as he laid a wreath at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to commemorate the Allied victory over the Nazis in 1945. Mr. Chirac, who steps down next Wednesday after 12 years in office, is to hold his last meeting with his ministers today. After a three-day vacation in the Mediterranean, Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s newly elected president, is to join Mr. Chirac at a ceremony tomorrow in Paris to commemorate the abolition of slavery.


The new president will be very different from the difficult Chirac.

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