HANOI - French President Jacques Chirac warned Thursday of a "catastrophe" for
global diversity if the United States' cultural hegemony goes unchallenged.
Speaking at a French cultural center in Hanoi ahead of Friday's opening
of a summit of European and Asian leaders, Chirac said France was right to stand
up for cultural and linguistic diversity.
The outspoken French president
warned that the world's different cultures could be "choked" by US values...
Speaking in French in a fomer French colony, Chirac apparently did not note the irony in giving such a speech in a country which once engaged in a violent revolution to rid itself of the French and their "cultural hegemony."