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Clinton goes on charm offensive with French

February 5, 2009

clinton-kouchnerWASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton went on a charm offensive with France’s foreign minister on Thursday, fondly recalling many trips to Paris and heaping praise on the country’s education system as a model for America.
 
Clinton has played up the Transatlantic relationship this week, choosing to meet first with the foreign ministers of Britain, Germany and France in her second week as new U.S. secretary of state.
 
“I have been to France many times and I always have a good impression. I enjoy visiting in France,” the former first lady and New York senator said at a joint news conference with France’s Bernard Kouchner at the State Department.
 
She recalled meeting Kouchner’s wife “longer ago than Christine or I care to admit” and said she was impressed by the country’s preschool facilities, prompting her to return home to try and get the United States to follow France’s example.
 
“I not only have enjoyed my time in France but I have learned a lot from my visits. I look forward to returning,” she added. “As soon as possible,” gushed Kouchner, beaming at her side.
 
The Bush administration had a prickly relationship with France at the time of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, to the extent that in congressional cafeteria the words “French fries” were changed to “Freedom fries” on menus.
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Maybe now they can be called “cooperation fries”. Freedom fries, honestly how petty and childish was that?

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive
 

Um, french refers to the cut of the potato, not the origin. Which would be Belgium.

What’s she doing there anyway? She announced her first trip would be to Asia. Doesn’t China want her back?

Posted by CC | Report as abusive
 

As childish as Obama was last night when he gave his childish rant about the spending bill and not getting his way and blaming everyone else.

I don’t even need to get into Bill and Monica…..

Posted by TC | Report as abusive
 

Can’t let that Bill and Monica thing go can you TC? Congress taking the time and energy to rename french fries to freedom fries tips the childish scale way more than any policy debate or personal debacle.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive
 

That’s a matter of opinion Eric. You can say what you want about the freedom fries, but it pales in comparison to shame Bill brought to the White House with an intern 30 years (or so…give or take…you get the picture…) younger than him.

And no, it doesn’t deserve to just be ignored. It was disgraceful. Him wagging his finger saying he never had sex with that women…….um, miss lewinsky.

Just saying there is plenty to criticize. Changing the name of fries just doesn’t seem that important. But it is obvious you and your progressive friends look for any fault in the republicans. Woo…you got Bush on that one, freedom fries…

Posted by TC | Report as abusive
 

OK – so we need to get friendlier with our Gallic cousins? I agree we must but as for Hillary and French and all that, well that’s being far too friendly in my book! ;-)

Posted by TheTruthIs... | Report as abusive
 

tc have you noticed the change in priorities,our greatest friends and allies in the past were the brits, never any cooperation from the french particularly in the UN.the first clinton visit was to france probably because of obamas new strategy they see the french as now the nation that have more in common with us.

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