Jacques Chirac today inaugurated at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and in front of international personalities his own foundation, the "Fondation ... Chirac" (quite simply).
The goals of this foundation are to promote peace, dialogue of cultures and sustainable development.
"The responsibilities of a statesman do not end with his public mandates. Beyond political commitment, there remains the commitment of man, the meaning of his struggles, what he believes in", said declared the former French president.
"The food crisis or the shaking of world finances remind us that our world is facing a combination of unprecedented perils", warned Jacques Chirac. "We must proceed (...) to a revolution in our lifestyles, we must do it now. Tomorrow, it will be too late".
These sentences are strangely reminiscent of the famous speech of 2002, "The house is burning but we look elsewhere" but little followed by concrete facts.
The first actions of the Fondation Chirac will seek to promote access to medicines, access to water, the fight against deforestation and to protect endangered languages and cultures.
A "surprise" guest, Nicolas Sarkozy, in a hurry and who may not have appreciated not being officially invited?
Anyway, apart from any political controversy, we welcome the initiative of the former French President and look forward to action in practice.
The econologie.com site and its forums could be a source of inspiration for solutions for this foundation to which we wish much success and media coverage.
The debate is open, but please, NO POLICY POLEMIQUE, we will judge on the facts and actions that is all.