I cannot WAIT
to see the Bush-De Villepin press conference! Ooooh lala! Besides being frightfully handsome, Monsieur De Villepin is also frightfully articulate.
Chirac Names De Villepin Prime Minister
PARIS - President Jacques Chirac appointed Dominique de Villepin, a loyalist who was France's voice against the Iraq war, as prime minister Tuesday.
Villepin, formerly the interior minister, replaces Jean-Pierre Raffarin, dumped after voters on Sunday roundly rejected Chirac's call for the ratification of a European Union constitution.
Chirac charged Villepin, 51, with the task of forming a new government.
Villepin arrived at the presidential Elysee Palace just minutes after Chirac bid farewell to Raffarin with a handshake on the palace steps.
Villepin was Chirac's foreign minister during the Iraq war. He is best known for his eloquent defense of the French stance against a U.S.-led invasion.