Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Breaking news (Via Drudge -- and therefore, subject to immediate contradiction elsewhere): France will NOT use its veto to block a U.N. Security Council resolution paving the way for war on Iraq.

Le Canard ... quoted President Jacques Chirac as telling a small private gathering on Feb. 26 that a veto would be pointless because it would not stop U.S. President George W. Bush from launching military action.

"France is doing everything it can, but the problem is that it is impossible to stop Bush from pursuing his logic of war to the end," Chirac was quoted as saying by Le Canard, a satirical newspaper that is known to have well-informed sources.

The question is -- does this "satirical newsaper," Le Canard, model itself after The Onion or Spy Magazine? The distinction makes for a monde of difference.

UPDATE: Did Le Canard offer up a canard, or did Drudge imagine the whole thing? This morning, France says non! to war. (Oh well -- to reiterate Mickey Kaus's memorable summation of Drudge's reliability: "80% True? Good Enough!")


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