Boycott Watch
Boycotting the French - Part 2 in a series

Congressman Jim Saxton Saxton (R-NJ) Introduces Bill
to Bar French Firms from Post-Conflict Contracts
 Summary: There have been many calls for boycotts of French products recently. In our first report, Boycott Watch sent a letter to the French Embassy. Now Congress has got in on the act.
   The following is the text from a press release from Congressman Jim Saxton Saxton (R-NJ)
March 5, 2003:
Saxton Introduces Bill to Bar French
Firms from Post-Conflict Contracts
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim Saxton today introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would block any French company from participating or receiving any U.S. government aid or financing in any reconstruction of Iraq in a post-conflict setting. "The position of the government of France encourages Iraqi defiance of United Nations Resolution 1441," said Saxton, who is heading up the newly-created House Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee. "In fact, the French position may be well-received in Baghdad and encourage Saddam Hussein to continue not to cooperate with U.N. inspectors."

    The bill bars the French government, any organization under its control, or any company organized under French law from receiving U.S. grants or funds in a post-conflict Iraq. (See attached bill)

    "If the French government does not want to participate substantively in disarming Iraq of its chemical and biological weapons, it should not receive one dollar in any contracts after the conflict," Saxton said. "They can't have their cake and eat it, too."

    Saxton introduced an earlier resolution several weeks ago which discouraged American tourists, the American government or American companies from participating in the 2003 Paris Air Show. A second resolution he introduced would specifically bar the Department of Defense, including the U.S. Air Force, from participating in the show. The latest bill completes a trio of bills intended to provide different options to express U.S. sentiment to the French government.

    "Congress now has diverse choices to respond to the action— or inaction— of the French government," Saxton said. "We expect them to support the efforts of the United States, Britain, Italy, Spain, Poland and other countries to enforce U.N. resolutions that demand that Saddam Hussein disarm himself of weapons of mass destruction as he had agreed to after the Gulf War."
End Of Press Release
World Net Daily - February 13, 2003: France not fazed by sanction threat - Congress targets Paris for boycotts over French opposition to Iraq war
Fox News - partial transcript from Your World with Neil Cavuto, March 3, 2003 - Boycott French Wine

E-Mail This Page to a Friend
Enter the recipient's e-mail address:

(Click here to return to top of page)
 ©2004 Boycott Watch