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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chirac Calls for NATO Revamp

WASHINGTON -- The leaders of France and the United States voiced harmony Thursday on the future of NATO and efforts to achieve a nuclear test ban.

At a joint news conference after talks with President Jacques Chirac, Clinton hailed Chirac's decision to move closer to the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations' military organization.

Chirac urged Washington to accept an adaptation of the Atlantic Alliance, to be crowned by the adoption of a new "Transatlantic Charter," giving the Europeans a bigger role in their own defense.

"Our common action in Bosnia emphasizes the need for the Alliance to adapt itself to a universe that is no longer that in which it was born," he said.

Chirac took a swipe at Washington's contribution to development aid, noting that the world's only superpower spent less than one-third of the amount donated by the European Union, which has a comparable-sized economy.

Chirac left Washington for Chicago earlier than scheduled to avoid a coming snowstorm. He returns to Paris on Friday night.

, who was scheduled to fly to Chicago on Friday morning, decided instead to leave around 12:30 a.m. local time after a White House state dinner to avoid a snowstorm headed for Washington, a White House official said.