Viva La France

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  • On Friday February 14th 2003 French politicians and diplomats at the United Nations meeting in New York tried very hard (and with considerable success) to prevent a major war starting in Iraq.
  • On at least one occasion there was loud spontaneous applause for the French effort from people present at the meeting. (Such applause is very unusual at United Nations meetings apparently.)
  • The text of an e-mail message of thanks sent later to the French Prime Minister (Jean-Pierre Raffarin) can be seen below at: Thanks
  • An e-mail reply from the French Government can be seen at: Reply
  • The day after the United Nations meeting (i.e. Saturday February 15th 2003), somewhere in the region of six million people are believed to have taken part in anti-war protest marches all over the world. One million are said to have marched in London: making it the biggest protest march there in living memory.
  • The crucially important issue (for democracy) of how many politicians (including UK Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair MP for example) are willing and able to listen effectively to what ordinary citizens try to communicate to them was referred to indirectly in the February 15th 2003 e-mail reproduced below to the French Prime Minister.

Sent by:
To: <>
Subject:  RE : THANKS
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 11:23:22 +0100


Le Premier Ministre a bien reçu votre courrier électronique.

Il vous remercie de votre message de soutien à la politique du gouvernement français.

Je vous prie de croire, Monsieur, à l'assurance de ma considération distinguée.

Pour le Premier Ministre

La Chef du Service des Interventions



  English translation: 

Dear Sir,

The Prime Minister received your electronic mail.

He thanks you for your message of support for the policy of the French government.

Sincerely yours for the Prime Minister.

The Head of the Service of the Interventions Nicole MARTIN


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-----Message d'origine-----   

De :  []
Envoyé : samedi 15 février 2003 16:42
Objet : THANKS


Ce message a été envoyé par l'intermédiaire du site internet du Premier ministre.

Titre du messsage : THANKS

Message :

Dear Prime Minister,

Like many thousands of others I believe, I greatly appreciate the successful efforts yesterday (at the United Nations) of French politicians and diplomats who are trying to prevent a major war starting in Iraq.

Long may they live, and long may they remain healthy and happy.


Mr William Finnerty.          

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From: <>
To: "GreenPartyIreland" <> , "NatureIreland"> CC: "William Finnerty" <>, "SelfHotmail" <>,
Subject: The right of every person to be heard ...
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2003 10:23:20 +0000

"The right of every person to be heard" forms a major part of the law represented by Item 2, Article 41 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Are all (or just a few perhaps?) of those who hold high office within the EU aware of this crucially important democratic principle? If so, do they have any form of REAL respect for it: in practical terms?

Partly for reasons connected the looming prospect of war in Iraq, an attempt has recently been made to draw the "right to be heard" principle to the attention of a small selection of people holding high office in the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the European Union itself.

The main question is this: how many such people (including UK Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair MP for example) are willing and able to listen effectively to what ordinary EU citizens try to communicate to them?

Additional information connected with the above issue can be found at either of the following two Internet page addresses:



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