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France/US relations

Published on March 5, 2008
Death of Tom Lantos - Statement by the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, M. Bernard Kouchner

Paris, February 12, 2008

I wish to pay tribute to Tom Lantos who just died. A prominent member of US Congress and chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Tom Lantos was a passionate defender of human rights. As a survivor of the Holocaust, he knew the price of freedom.

I met him in Washington just a few months ago and I have fond memories of our meeting.

I hail the memory of this great American political figure and offer’s condolences to his family and to members of the Congress of the United States of America./.

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