September 2019

The Call of the Poles By President Chirac

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When I discovered the existence of the International Call of the Poles, in which my friend, the former Prime Minister Michel Rocard, has taken an active part, I was convinced that here was a serious undertaking. The First Nations immediately came to mind, as I have long defended their rights in international circles. Jean Malaurie, friend and ethnologist, was the first person to tell me about the populations that live in the circumpolar Arctic regions. I have since followed with much interest and even passion their destiny. My first trip to the Arctic was in 1997 during a visit to Saint Petersburg where I met teachers of the Polar Academy who train indigenous youths from the Russian Arctic...

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