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Chirac Celebrated in Palestine

3:47 PM, Apr 19, 2007 • By SOPHIE FERNANDEZ
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plaquechirac2.jpgPalestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas declared last Tuesday that the West Bank city of Ramallah would soon rename one of its biggest thoroughfares after Jacques Chirac, the incumbent French President. Mahmoud Abbas called his French counterpart a "grand homme" on this solemn occasion of their farewell meeting, and Chirac replied by reiterating his support for restarting the flow of European aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Ramallah's inhabitants should be pleased by their street's new name, given the cheerful way they welcomed Jacques Chirac in 1996, when the French president snapped at Israeli security personnel, famously threatening that he was "going back to his plane." Watch the video here.