Jean-David Lévitte, Diplomatic Advisor and “Sherpa” (top adviser) to President Jacques Chirac from 1995 to 2000; Richard Banegas, professor at Sciences Po Paris; and Pierre Melandri, Professor Emeritus of Sciences Po Paris, were all invited to speak.
Jean-David Lévitte began by presenting the legacy of President Jacques Chirac’s foreign policy, highlighting the statesman’s intention to include “a powerful France within a strong Europe, in a multipolar world.” To achieve this, President Jacques Chirac was profoundly convinced that the construction of a multipolar world began with a “profound, intimate, and passionate knowledge of the cultures of the world”.
As for Pierre Melandri, he retold the story of the war in Iraq that the President, on behalf of France, strongly opposed. At the time, Jacques Chirac described the outbreak of a war with Saddam Hussein’s regime as a “clash of civilizations that would collide with the dialogue between cultures”. He predicted it would first destabilize the Arab world and then go on to disrupt the multipolar system.
All the speakers clearly demonstrated that President Jacques Chirac’s vision of international relations was indeed based on the requirement of respect and dialogue between cultures. This has become one of his Fondation’s key priorities today.
The conference brought together a diverse audience of all ages: those loyal to President Jacques Chirac’s policies and actions, diplomatic officials, teachers, young students, and many others …