- Three questions
The whole word is concerned about the
Pope's health. Many were shocked
on seeing the Pope unable
to give his blessing from the window of the hospital. Do you
think that he should continue his functions at any cost when
clearly he does not seem to benefit from his whole capacities?
This vision did shock. Why show the
Pope at the hospital window when he is unable to speak and give
Naturally rumours about his dismissal are circulating. The decision
belongs only to him, to his conscience.
In Rome we are already in the after John-Paul II period. Struggles
for influence have already started. A bad atmosphere prevails.
John-Paul II himself will be always faithful till the end. But
still we may ask the question: will he be serving the Church
better if he resigns or if he stays in charge? I think if he
- Elections in Iraq were well attended
by the people. Of course the Shiites who outnumber in Iraq got
the majority at the election. According to you, would you say
that it is a victory for the Iraqi people or a victory for the
- The victory of the Iraqi people
cannot be denied. With dignity, they showed that they were not
afraid. They defied the threat and the risk of attacks. It is
a superb lesson of courageous public spiritedness and democracy.
- For the first time in decades, the
Iraqis were able to vote.
- In spite of the occupation, they
showed their will to decide by themselves their destiny.
It is also a victory for the Americans. The elections happened
at the preset date. They demonstrated the success of democracy
and the terrorists were disowned.
- Now the journalists have become
the target of choice to be taken for hostages in Iraq. President
Chirac recommended that the French media not to send reporters
to Iraq. What should be the response of the international media?
- If reporters are prevented to go
to Iraq, we have to accept not being informed. People are left
to face the violence alone. We play the same game as the terrorists
who refuse the presence of the journalists of the west because
they are not serving their cause.
The risks of being a reporter are high, but isn't it a greater
risk to forbid them to go where a nation is in danger?
(Interviewed by Olivier Galzi)