Chirac: national interests came first at Nice

Series Title
Series Details Vol.7, No.9, 1.3.01, p8
Publication Date 01/03/2001
Content Type

Date: 01/03/01

FRENCH president Jacques Chirac admitted for the first time this week that the Nice treaty is flawed and the result of a trade off between national interests.

Speaking in the French resort on Monday, where EU leaders gathered to sign the formal document containing the provisions agreed at last December's summit, Chirac said it was "the best possible treaty given the prevailing constraints".

"Of course the heads of state and government during the discussions looked after their national interests, which is not really shocking because the existence of our nations cannot be called into question," he said. Chirac had until now been steadfast in rejecting any criticism of the deal brokered by France.

Subject Categories