Chirac Warns of Risk from U.S. Culture Agence France-Presse Thursday, October 7, 2004 http://www.iht.com/articles/542447.html HANOI - President Jacques Chirac of France warned Thursday of a catastrophe for global diversity if the United States' cultural leadership goes unchallenged. Speaking at a French cultural center in Hanoi before the opening Friday of a summit meeting of European and Asian leaders, Chirac said France was right to stand up for cultural and linguistic diversity. The French president warned that the world's different cultures could be "choked" by U.S. values. This, he said, would lead to a "general world subculture" based around the English language. This, he maintained, would be "a real ecological catastrophe." Citing Hollywood's overwhelming leadership in the movie industry as an example, Chirac asserted that only with government assistance could countries maintain their cultural heritage. Vietnam is a former French colony, but only 375,000 of its 81 million people speak French. English is considered by most people a far more valuable and practical second language, particularly among those in business. -------------------- Could it be any clearer that France is an enemy of America?