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Alain Juppe

  • French politician
  • Born August 15, 1945

Alain Marie Juppé (French: [alɛ̃ ʒype]; born 15 August 1945) is a French politician, and a member of The Republicans. He was Prime Minister of France from 1995 to 1997 under President Jacques Chirac, during which period he faced major strikes that paralyzed the country, and became very unpopular. He left office after the victory of the left in the snap 1997 elections. He had previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1993 to 1995, and as Minister of the Budget and Spokesman for the Government from 1986 to 1988.


In politics, one is never finished. Look at me!




The people have spoken. Their decision is sovereign. We all respect it... I wish good luck to those who will now govern France.




The French are very bizarre. There is this collective depiction: 'We're in decline, we're being assailed, we must protect ourselves.'




I would like to stress this point undoubtedly: France sees the Arab Spring as auspicious. The Arab Spring holds out tremendous hope - hope for democracy and the rule of law, hope for peace and stability, hope for better future in which every person can pursue goals commensurate with his or her needs, talents and ambitions.




For me, the country where I feel good, where I feel in harmony with the lifestyle and fundamental values, is the United States - more than any other country.




Sometimes I say in France: Europe is no more the center of the world - and the United States, neither. We have other key players on the international stage: China, of course; but also Brazil, India and South Africa. And their influence is very, very strong.




Any confrontation, such as a verbal one with the United States, would be harmful for everybody.



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