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    December 8, 2016

    Libya, Mali, Central Africa, Syria -- France learns nothing from the lessons of history -- De Villepin

    December 8, 2016 -- Fort Russ News-

    RT France, translated by Tom Winter -
    Dominique de Villepin, Prime Minister of France May 2005-May 2007. "Europe and Russia have common interests."

    In his most recent book, Mémoire of Peace for a time of War, Dominique de Villepin lays out his analysis of today's international relations, which in his view, are paralyzed by lack of dialogue. He agreed to answer questions for RT France.

    Libya in 2011, Mali and Central Africa in 2013, Syria in 2014... all military interventions that prove "France learns nothing from the lessons of history," according to Dominique de Villepin. 

    He figures that France has turned away from "its historic vocation of independent mediation" which characterized France from the time of General De Gaulle's presidency, by renouncing dialog with all the States, and not maintaining a political vision. "France marginalizes, isolates and rejects dialogue, notably with Russia and China, he says, judging that France thus follows the more general tendency affecting all the western democracies that "have turned their back on doing politics."


    "We have to talk to everybody"


    "I want to believe that Donald Trump is a man of realism and pragmatism who will understand the necessity of sharing world governance," says Dominique de Villepin, recalling that even if Barack Obama has limited the American military interventions (! --tr) " he has not, for all that, renounced the policy of containment vis à vis China and Russia" – an error according to the former Prime minister, that brings up his longing for "a more independent Europe" a Europe that takes the lead for initiating dialog. 

    On the question of international security, he stressed that "the West tends to forget that terrorism also affects Russia, China, India, Turkey and, above all, Muslim countries." He sees it as an additional reason not to refuse to refuse to talk to anyone. 

    According to Dominique de Villepin, the need for dialogue now extends to the interior of Europe itself, shot through with crises that he does not consider "insoluble." Taking the example of the difficult negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom after the Brexit, he expressed confidence that "There is a way to take British and European interests into account."

    "Only Russia and Europe can curb the Ukrainian crisis"

    The Ukrainian crisis is an opportunity for cooperation between the European Union and Russia, according to Dominique de Villepin, who wants to overcome the tensions between the two sides. "The agreement of association between Europe and Ukraine did not take Russia into account and constituted an unequal game," he said, while stating that "NATO's push to the East has caused tensions and misunderstandings." He now considers that any discussion of a possible exit from the crisis in Ukraine should involve Russia and other regional partners, including "a major Eurasian economic agreement including also Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine ... »

    The situation of the "bankruptcy of the Ukrainian state" is for Dominique de Villepin the sign that "only Russia and Europe can stem the crisis" which rends the country: the search for a satisfactory agreement must therefore take into account the concerns of all stakeholders. 

    Regarding the future of Ukraine, Dominique de Villepin puts forward the path of "autonomist federalism" that could put an end to the conflict that has raged in the Donbass region since 2014. 

    More generally, "Europe and Russia have common interests on many other subjects" according to Dominique de Villepin, who cites in particular the Syrian file: "There is no solution to the Syrian crisis without Russia."

    Fillon?

    "François Fillon may turn out to be an opportunity for France, if he knows how to address the popular classes." Reacting to the victory of Francois Fillon at the primary of the right and the center, Dominique de Villepin is laudatory towards his successor to Matignon, with whom, however, he has not always maintained very good relations. "Francois Fillon is a uniter and believes in politics," says Dominique de Villepin, who rejects the criticisms made against the candidate's economic program, considering that Fillon maintains "a smart and modern policy of public services."

    Yet the chance that the Front Nationale "may win over the popular classes" is not to be overlooked in de Villepin's view. He adds that the challenge for François Fillon will be to manage to reach the less fortunate of the French people.



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