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  • gave green light to the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior
  • supported a whole parallell secret family on tax payers money
  • illegally wiretaped journalists, politicians and known people
  • lied about his health and published faked health reports
  • didn't act in time regarding the Rwanda genocide despite all the signs
  • had two suicides during his presidency, one prime minister and the other one, a confident, suicided with two bullets (!) in his head (at the Elysée).

Yes, the monarchic presidency is probably not the best feature of the French system, and Mitterrand sure adopted the ways he was criticising two decades earlier....

And indeed, I have a lot of admiration for the transparency, openness and simplicity of the Nordic governments - and that is certainly one feature that I'd like to see adopted here.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Feb 13th, 2007 at 04:51:40 AM EST
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