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    France says it is victim of smear campaign

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- France says it is the victim of a smear campaign by the Bush administration, charging some U.S. officials are leaking false stories about alleged French complicity with the Iraqi regime.

    The Bush administration dismissed the charge.

    The French government lays out its claim in a letter written by the French ambassador to the United States, according to a French diplomat familiar with its contents.

    The letter was to have been delivered to the White House and members of Congress Thursday.

    "This is not acceptable," said one French diplomat. France "does not consider it a policy, but considers that some people have done some damage to the relationship."

    One U.S. official involved in national security matters said the French claim was baseless.

    "There are a lot of things we don't like, and we have not been shy about that," said the U.S. official. "But there is no campaign against the French."

    The Bush administration has made no secret of its anger following an intense campaign by France earlier this year to block a U.S.-led attempt to win the support of the U.N. Security Council for a second resolution authorizing military action in Iraq.

    The French campaign succeeded and the United States, Great Britain and Spain instead went ahead with a "coalition of the willing" to invade Iraq without the backing of the United Nations.

    In his letter, French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte cited eight examples of what he describes as proof of a deliberate U.S. campaign to spread misinformation about the French government. CNN has obtained a copy of the list, which accompanies the letter.

    "We cannot accept to be accused repeatedly for stories sourced in the administration for things we have not done," said the French diplomat familiar with the letter. "Who did this? Why? For what agenda?" the diplomat wondered aloud.

    Among the stories cited by the French:

    I haven't felt this good since we stole the 2000 elections!--Ned Flanders

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    Unless of course, it really isn't the truth...
    Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn't any. But this wrongs the jackass.
    -Mark Twain

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    • #3
      Don't be ridiculous. Anything our government says must be true. [Wink]
      I haven't felt this good since we stole the 2000 elections!--Ned Flanders

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      • #4
        Hmmmmm, I can't argue with that logic, you're right, I concede!!! [Wink]
        Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn't any. But this wrongs the jackass.
        -Mark Twain

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        • #5
          Weren't they suspected of tipping off Serbs ahead of UN arrest teams?
          900 years of war with them says quite a bit!

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