It's systematic. As soon as Dominique de Villepin speaks to the media, he breaks records for views on the networks. An unexpected success for the man who is now an international lawyer. De Villepin met with an important echo during his historic 2003 speech at the United Nations. As Jacques Chirac's foreign minister, he became the French standard-bearer for refusing to follow the United States in its armed operation in Iraq. But why so much success, twenty years later? "He's an expert in international affairs, and he has a certain height, and an analysis that doesn't bother with domestic politics. And then he is the heir of Gaullism. His speech is not the June 18 call, but there is something resembling it. De Villepin has a heroic side," said Daniel Garrigue, a former UMP deputy. In fact, each time he goes on TV or radio, excerpts are seen en masse and reproduced by following on social networks. Sometimes accompanied by epic music worthy of the greatest adventure films.
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The former Prime Minister is known - and particularly appreciated by some citizens - for his unfiltered interventions and his positions sometimes at odds with the rest of the political class. He recently sparked controversy for remarks deemed anti-Semitic on Quotidien, which he later defended himself against. Charismatic, elegant, sometimes caricatural, De Villepin even inspired a successful comic book series, "Quai d'Orsay".