Cablegate: France: 61st Unga: High-Level Attendance And
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SUBJECT: FRANCE: 61ST UNGA: HIGH-LEVEL ATTENDANCE AND
REQUESTS FOR MEETINGS
REF: A. STATE 112656
B. PARIS 5157
This supplements our interim report (ref B) on GOF UNGA
A. Attendance of the Head of State:
-- Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic.
-- Arrival and departure dates are uncertain, but MFA on
August 21 reports he will probably leave after the second day
of the UNGA. He plans to give France's address.
-- Presence of spouse (Bernadette): Undetermined, but
-- President Chirac's English is good, but he usually
prefers the presence of an interpreter in formal meetings.
B. Attendance of the Head of Government: MFA reports no
present plan for PM Dominique de Villepin to attend.
C. Attendance of the Foreign Minister:
-- Philippe Douste-Blazy, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
-- MFA reports that FM Douste-Blazy will attend the UNGA and
will head France's delegation once President Chirac leaves.
-- Arrival and departure dates are uncertain, according to
-- Presence of spouse: Undetermined (but unlikely, in our
view, based on recent practice).
-- FM Douste-Blazy speaks some English but requires an
interpreter at formal meetings.
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