Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US
military out of France as soon as possible.
"Does that include those who are buried here?"
A U.S. Navy Admiral
was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S.., English, Canadian, Australian and French
Navys. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that
we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the
Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't
have to speak German."
THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE...
an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport
in his carry on.
have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked
admitted that he had been to France
you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The American said,
"The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!"
The American senior
gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen
to show a passport to."