Feature

Chirac as Blair’s enemy

The week's news at a glance.

London

French President Jacques Chirac opposed the war in Iraq simply to undermine Prime Minister Tony Blair, a new book asserts. The book, Tony Blair, by Financial Times columnist Philip Stephens, cites confidential reports from British intelligence. The reports said Chirac felt that the charismatic Blair had “usurped his own position” as the dominant leader in Europe, and that Chirac hoped to use the debate over Iraq to isolate the British leader. “Blair came to believe it,” Stephens says in the book, “telling close aides that Chirac was ‘out to get him.’” French officials scoffed at the report, and the British prime minister’s office refused to comment.

Recommended

Did Putin get 'exactly what he wanted' out of Biden summit?
Fiona Hill.
sunday shows

Did Putin get 'exactly what he wanted' out of Biden summit?

Karzai: Afghanistan will be 'better off' without U.S. military
Hamid Karzai.
afghanistan conflict

Karzai: Afghanistan will be 'better off' without U.S. military

What Ebrahim Raisi's election means for Iran, U.S.
Ebrahim Raisi.
U.S.-Iran relations

What Ebrahim Raisi's election means for Iran, U.S.

The Week contest: Booze rescue
Cans.
Feature

The Week contest: Booze rescue

Most Popular

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem
Political Cartoon.
Feature

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now
Bernie Sanders.
Sounds dope

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now

The Southern Baptist Convention is still cracking
Nashville.
Picture of Bonnie KristianBonnie Kristian

The Southern Baptist Convention is still cracking