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E-Mail Floods France's UN Office After Iraq Plea

France’s U.N. Mission was flooded with electronic fan mail after Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin urged the Security Council to “give peace a chance” in Iraq, French officials said Tuesday. Some 5,000 e-mails — overwhelmingly favorable and the vast majority from Americans — were logged Friday, the day de Villepin delivered a speech stressing that use of force was not justified at this time against Baghdad, the officials said. Another 12,000 messages were received over the weekend, the officials said. While President Bush has warned that time was running out for Baghdad to dispose of any weapons of mass destruction, de Villepin drew a rare burst of applause from the Security Council gallery when he said U.N. inspections were showing results and force was not yet justified. “What is at stake here is war and peace and our common responsibility,” de Villepin said. “We are willing to try to give peace a chance.” Full Story

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