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De Villepin can’t swim

Whatever the merits or failings of French foreign policy during the Iraq crisis, there is no doubt that Dominique de Villepin, the French foreign minister, has emerged as a bit of a global star. Who can forget the eloquence and style of his presentation at the security council or the unprecedented ripple of applause that greeted him when he finished? Certainly not de Villepin’s many female fans here in Brussels, who get regular opportunities to gawp at their hero-what with his appearances at meetings of European foreign ministers and at the constitutional convention. Not only is…

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