Boycott Watch
March 5, 2003
Boycotting the French - Part 3 in a series

Congressman Jim Saxton Saxton (R-NJ) Saxton Introduces
Bill to Block All DoD Participation in Paris Air Show
 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)
February 27, 2003:
Saxton Introduces Bill to Bar French
Firms from Post-Conflict Contracts
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jim Saxton today introduced in the House of Representatives a bill that would block participation of the U.S. Department of Defense in the Paris Air Show.

    "This bill would prevent the U.S. Department of Defense from participating in the Paris Air Show until 2008," said Saxton, who is heading up the newly created Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. "It would also prevent the DoD from aiding any private company or citizen that chooses to go."

    Saxton introduced a related Sense-of-Congress resolution two weeks ago, which discouraged participation by the U.S. Armed Forces, companies and citizens in the French event, and which has bipartisan support.

    "We want to send a clear, simple message to the government of France," Saxton said. "We expect their cooperation in our efforts to combat terrorism and stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Their lack of support in the United Nations in disarming Saddam Hussein has led me to believe that the French government does not want to cooperate. The United States was there for France in the 20th century, we expect France to be there for the United States in the 21st. If the U.S. military is a no-show at the Paris Air Show, then this message could not be made any clearer."
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

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