Friday, May 16, 2003

France Says It Is Target of US Untruths
'The stories, all of which Paris has heatedly denied, are part of an "ugly campaign to destroy the image of France," a French official said. Officials said they have no doubt that the stories were spread by factions in the administration itself -- hard-line civilians within and close to the Pentagon are their primary suspects -- and that there was no visible effort by the White House or other departments to discipline those involved or even find out who they are.'

If France wants to challenge US hegemony they will have to take on the formidable American propaganda machine. The historic opportunity and the need is there, the countries and peoples of Europe have shown they will support France, but one wonders whether there is a proper realisation of the magnitude of the task.

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