Jacques Chirac

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Regina Ip to decide on chief executive race

Thursday, 15 December, 2011, 12:00am

Chirac left eating his words after gastronomic gaffe costs French

French president Jacques Chirac was forced to eat his words after the International Olympic Committee decided to vote for London to host the 2012 Games.

8 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

James' Olympic windfall

CCTV newsreader James Chau Kin-seng has won US$2,012 from his brother after predicting London would win the 2012 Olympics. The keen amateur fencer explained: 'Forgive the pun, but Christopher is being a good sport about losing, though he said 'no chance' when I asked for US$20,120 instead!'

8 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

European officials downplay Chirac's war on Chinese textiles

European Union officials in Hong Kong yesterday distanced themselves from French President Jacques Chirac's declaration of a war on Chinese textiles, denying any restrictive import quotas were imminent.

16 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

French leaders find comfort in Spain's 'yes' to EU charter

French political leaders have welcomed Spain's backing of the EU constitution as a clear sign of victory for the charter in Europe.

'The Spanish people have sent a message of hope for the future of Europe,' declared Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin on the resounding result of the first national referendum on Sunday.

24 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Beijing's entente cordiale

French President Jacques Chirac's five-day state visit to China underlined the growing closeness of the two countries, which embarked on a strategic partnership seven years ago. A joint communique issued before he left Beijing said that the two countries would join hands in promoting a world that is safer, more united and that showed greater respect for diversity.

13 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

French fly the flag in honour of leader's visit

Hong Kong's French community yesterday gave a colourful boost to the city they live in ahead of the first visit by a French president to the special administrative region.

12 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Chirac to make first official HK visit

Jacques Chirac will visit Hong Kong next month, marking the first official visit to the special administrative region by an incumbent French president.

He will spend several hours in the city after a state visit to the mainland, where he will meet the central government's leadership.

26 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Red carpet rolled out for Hu's visit

France and China will sign joint declaration on bilateral partnership today

France is rolling out the red carpet for the four-day visit of President Hu Jintao in the hope of receiving stronger backing for its goal of creating a multipolar global order and of winning commercial contracts to boost the lethargic French economy.

27 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

G7 benchmark too low even for Legco

QUOTE OF THE week award this week goes to French President Jacques Chirac who, according to our front page yesterday, wants 'more vocal commitments' to bridging the gap with impoverished parts of the world.

20 May 2003 - 12:00am


We may be halfway across the world, in a little city between New York and Boston where the snow is still falling, but know this: We are with you.

Some of us have been gone for a while and other students have just returned here, but in these troubled times our hearts and our minds are with you in that special administrative region we call home.

16 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Bush adrift in warlike stance towards Iraq

United States President George W. Bush is increasingly becoming isolated in his sabre-rattling threats to forcefully oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder appear to have sensibly distanced themselves from Mr Bush with good reason.

7 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

France's wake-up call

The election in France today of a new president will take place surrounded by one of the most highly charged European plebiscites in recent times. Certainly it is a long while since so much international attention has been focused on a French presidential election.

5 May 2002 - 12:00am

Wake-up call

The strong showing in the first round of the French presidential election by the extreme right wing candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen has been a shock to France and to Europe. Before the vote, few would have imagined that a man whose beliefs are so removed from the French republic's founding values of liberty, equality and fraternity, could get this close to the presidency.

23 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Footballer's quick quip shows he's on the ball

French footballer Marcel Desailly is as adept at delivering one-liners as he is at scoring goals.

Desailly's acerbic wit emerged during a conversation with President Jacques Chirac. 'I felt happier on the day France won the World Cup than I did on the day I was elected president,' confided Chirac. 'To be honest, so did I,' Desailly replied.

31 Jul 1998 - 12:00am