They say that Europe eventually follows everything America does, but only later. Who ever thought we would hear this? (Hat tip: the excellent Eurosoc).
In his speech, Mr. Chirac bluntly declared, "In numerous countries, radical ideas are spreading, advocating a confrontation of civilizations." As a French official put it, "This is more than a clash of civilizations. It is a cancer within our country that if unchecked will destroy all of France."
"The leaders of states who use terrorist methods against us, as well as those who consider using in one way or another weapons of mass destruction, must understand that they would expose themselves to a firm and appropriate response on our part," referring to France’s nuclear capability.