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National Interests or Irrationality of Appeasement

“If you repeat it, I will deny it”, by Jean-Claude MauriceSource: La Revue Parlementaire, French Monthly,April 2009 edition
When Dominique de Villepin (former Prime Minister of France during the presidency of Jacques Chirac) discovered at the end of his meeting in Tehran with the Iranian foreign minister at the time, Kamal Kharrazi, that Jean-Claude Maurice was present at the meeting, he worried about his “reputation.” He asked: “What are you doing here? Did you hear everything? This is unbelievable! I hope you forget everything you heard. Our reputation depends on it.”

But, Maurice, a former editor of Journal du Dimanche “had heard and written down everything.” Now in a book entitled, “If you repeat it, I will deny it” (Plon Publishers), he recounts his observations of the main French policy makers.

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