President Jacques Chirac said this week that if Iran had one or two nuclear weapons, it would not pose a big danger, and that if Iran were to launch a nuclear weapon against a country like Israel, it would lead to the immediate destruction of Tehran.
The remarks, made in an interview on Monday with The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and Le Nouvel Observateur, a weekly magazine, were vastly different from stated French policy and what Mr. Chirac has often said.
On Tuesday, Mr. Chirac summoned the same journalists back to Élysée Palace to retract many of his remarks.
Mr. Chirac said repeatedly during the second interview that he had spoken casually and quickly the day before because he believed he had been talking about Iran off the record.
Well, at least we know that France is ready to be bullied by Iran. MAD is a dangerous policy to take with a nation that may or may not make a rational decision when it comes to Israel. And if France is willing to back off on Iran now, what are they going to say when Iran wants 10 or 15 nukes? Then 50 or 100. And if at that point they were to nuke Israel, would France actually stand behind it's pledge to retaliate against Tehran, or would it cower out of fear of Iranian reprisal against Paris? I'm betting on them cowering.