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  Blair and France admit 'differences' over Iraq
Updated 11 February 2003, 08.49
French President Jacques Chirac and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair have been in talks
Tony Blair and the President of France have admitted they have "differences" over what should happen in Iraq.

Mr Blair met Jacques Chirac to try to sort out some of the problems between the two countries.

Both the UK and France agree that Iraq should give up all its weapons of mass destruction, but they don't agree on how they should be made to do it.

Key role

Tony Blair backs the US as they both think military action will have to be used against Iraq if they don't declare all their weapons very soon.

Fact File
Key dates
5 Feb - US Secretary of State Powell to address UN Security Council
14 Feb - further report from weapons inspectors
27 Mar - Chief weapons inspector Hans Blix submits new report to UN
But France doesn't support the use of force at this stage.

However the leaders of the two countries insisted there was still "great friendship" between the UK and France.

The discussions are important because France has a key role to play at the United Nations.

They have what is called a veto at the UN, which means they can block a new ruling approving military action even if every other country voting thinks it should happen.

Iraq has been ordered to prove it is getting rid of its weapons under a tough UN rule called resolution 1441, and the US and UK think it has already broken this rule.

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