Thursday, January 23, 2003

How to piss of friends and lose allies:
Rumsfeld's Remarks Draw Anger in France By KIM HOUSEGO Associated Press Writer
January 23, 2003, 5:15 AM EST
PARIS -- French leaders reacted angrily Thursday to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's dismissal of France and Germany as the "old Europe," saying the comments underscore America's arrogance.
Finance Minister Francis Mer said he was "profoundly vexed" by the remarks.
"I wanted to remind everyone that this 'old Europe' has resilience, and is capable of bouncing back," Mer told LCI television. "And it will show it, in time."
"If you knew what I feel like telling him, to Mr. Rumsfeld ... " said Ecology Minister Roselyne Bachelot on Europe-1 radio. She then stopped herself and said the word would be too offensive to publish.
Martine Aubry, a Socialist leader and influential former labor minister, said Rumsfeld's comments "show once again a certain arrogance of the United States."
Washington "continues to want to alone govern the world and more and more without rules," she told RTL radio.

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