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CHIRAC'S APOLOGY TO QUEEN
Skynews.com ^ | 04/03/03 | Skynews

Posted on 04/03/2003 11:52:45 AM PST by bedolido

French President Jacques Chirac has sent a letter of apology to the Queen over the defacing of British war graves in northern France.

The World War One graves were daubed with anti-British slogans in bright red spray paint.

"These unacceptable and disgraceful acts are unanimously condemned by the French people. In the name of France and in my own name, please accept my deepest regrets," Chirac wrote.

In words aimed at soothing the rift over France's opposition to the US and UK-led war in Iraq, Chirac said: "Know that at a time when your soldiers are engaged in combat, the thoughts of the French are naturally with them."

'Saddam will win'

The entrance of the cemetery in Etaples, near Calais had been daubed with several offensive slogans.

"Dig up your rubbish, it is contaminating our soil," one read.

Written in large red letters beneath a swastika, another said: "Saddam will win and he will make you bleed".

French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin has written to his British counterpart Jack Straw to express his "emotion and indignation at this unspeakable act".

No excuse

The graffiti was cleaned off by the French branch of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which manages the site, but not before it was seen by British tourists on two coaches.

Of the roughly 11,000 graves at Etaples, most are British but other nationalities include Canadians and Australians. There are no US graves at the site.

France's relations with the United States and Britain have been soured by French opposition to the war in Iraq but officials in Paris stressed this was no excuse for venting hatred.

"France knows what it owes to the formidable devotion and courage of the British soldiers that came to help it free itself in the fight against barbarity," Chirac wrote to the Queen.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: chirac

o O (I thought Queen broke up after the lead singer died from Aids)

1 posted on 04/03/2003 11:52:46 AM PST by bedolido
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To: bedolido
The wogs begin at Calais.
2 posted on 04/03/2003 11:59:17 AM PST by You Dirty Rats
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To: bedolido
French President Jacques Chirac has sent a letter of apology to the Queen

Any traces of red spray paint on that letter?

3 posted on 04/03/2003 11:59:32 AM PST by Cachelot (~ In waters near you ~)
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To: bedolido
the thoughts of the French are naturally with them

Naturally.
(Excuse me while I puke)

4 posted on 04/03/2003 11:59:58 AM PST by grobdriver
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To: bedolido
Damn, you beat me to it with the posting of your own thread. That's not fair.
5 posted on 04/03/2003 12:01:25 PM PST by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: Cachelot
Chiraq's actions have put British and US soldiers more at risk than any graffiti could. The last time I checked, Chiraq is far from apologizing for that, and is in fact working overtime to continuously stab us in the back.
6 posted on 04/03/2003 12:02:07 PM PST by winner3000
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To: bedolido
"France knows what it owes to the formidable devotion and courage of the British soldiers that came to help it free itself in the fight against barbarity," Chirac wrote to the Queen.

Okay, history-minded freepers, did france "free itself" with allied help or did we free it?

7 posted on 04/03/2003 12:02:54 PM PST by ellery
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To: bedolido
"the thoughts of the French are naturally with them."

Yes, the French spoke loud and clear: "Rosbeefs go home."

8 posted on 04/03/2003 12:03:03 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Lee'sGhost
yeah well... someone beat me to it as well. I did a search and it wasn't there. He posted 4 minutes before me.
9 posted on 04/03/2003 12:03:25 PM PST by bedolido
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To: bedolido
Looks like the vandals also wrote "die with the Yankees" as well. Will Bush receive an apology?
10 posted on 04/03/2003 12:04:21 PM PST by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: bedolido
He'll be apolgizing to a lot more folks eventually!
11 posted on 04/03/2003 12:04:24 PM PST by NavyCaptain
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Just curious. I know that ChIraq has written to Tony Blair expressing his regret over British casualties--has ChIraq ever sent his condolences to our President for our losses?
12 posted on 04/03/2003 12:04:24 PM PST by In mourning for six years (I despise frogs.)
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To: bedolido
"These unacceptable and disgraceful acts are unanimously condemned by the French people."

I'm not sure he knows what the word "unanimous" means.

13 posted on 04/03/2003 12:04:47 PM PST by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, Zoolander)
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To: bedolido
Ah, I see now, Chirac is the french Clinton. I think what he said translates directly to "You better put some ice on that."
14 posted on 04/03/2003 12:05:19 PM PST by EaglesUpForever (Ne messez pas avec le US)
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To: bedolido
Chirac's cowardice is directly responsible for this. This guy is just plain shamefool.
15 posted on 04/03/2003 12:06:05 PM PST by 1Old Pro (The Dems are self-destructing before our eyes, How Great is That !)
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To: bedolido
..."France knows what it owes to the formidable devotion and courage of the British soldiers that came to help it free itself in the fight against barbarity," Chirac wrote to the Queen...

...to help it free itself?...LOL!

He's such an idiot. Can't face the truth.

16 posted on 04/03/2003 12:06:18 PM PST by Mihalis
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To: bedolido
There is nothing the French can do, or more to the point, are WILLING to do, that will earn forgiveness for this desecration. They do not deserve the freedom those brave men earned for them.
17 posted on 04/03/2003 12:06:44 PM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: ellery
"help it free itself?"!! Do they teach their children that? Un-Friggin-Believable!
18 posted on 04/03/2003 12:06:47 PM PST by Spruce
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To: bedolido
If I were Bush, I'd have our fallen troops brought home to American soil ASAP and let the French have their precious soil. It would serve as warning to a new era of European relations.
19 posted on 04/03/2003 12:06:50 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Defund NPR, PBS and the LSC.)
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To: bedolido
Why not apologize to Prime Minister Tony Blair??
20 posted on 04/03/2003 12:07:27 PM PST by bird humming
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To: bedolido

"These unacceptable and disgraceful acts are unanimously condemned by the French people. In the name of France and in my own name, please accept my deepest regrets," Chirac wrote.

This must mean that someone other than the "French people" did this. Who? Did some Germans or Belgians sneak into France during the night and do this? Inquiring minds want to know.

21 posted on 04/03/2003 12:07:43 PM PST by BruceS
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To: grobdriver
When he said "them", he was probably refering to Prince Charles, an early Saddam Booster and War opponent.

Perhaps Prince Chalres will never get to be King and one of his sons will succeed him. Neither one can be as dense as he is.
22 posted on 04/03/2003 12:09:25 PM PST by ZULU
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To: bedolido
"These unacceptable and disgraceful acts are unanimously condemned by the French people. In the name of France and in my own name, please accept my deepest regrets," Chirac wrote

Obviously not condemned by ALL the French people, someone did it. Chirac is about to learn that "if you play with matches you may start a fire." Anti-semitism is rampant already and Arab anger will not be far behind, this in a country palgued by high unemployment, deteriorating economy, and almost daily labor strikes. Good luck frogs.

23 posted on 04/03/2003 12:11:38 PM PST by Mister Baredog ((They wanted to kill 50,000 of us on 9/11, we will never forget!))
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To: EaglesUpForever
Ah, I see now, Chirac is the french Clinton. I think what he said translates directly to "You better put some ice on that."

Or,

Je n'ai pas eu le sexe avec cet homme, Monsieur Hussein!

24 posted on 04/03/2003 12:19:22 PM PST by P8riot (Stupid is forever. Ignorance can be fixed.)
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To: bird humming
Why not apologize to Prime Minister Tony Blair??

Transaction Analysis: same-level transaction.

Queen --> Queen.

25 posted on 04/03/2003 12:22:58 PM PST by Cachelot (~ In waters near you ~)
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To: bedolido
"France knows what it owes to the formidable devotion and courage of the British soldiers that came to help it free itself in the fight against barbarity," Chirac wrote to the Queen.

Seems like they say one thing and do another. Now they are defending the barbarity with teeth and claws.


26 posted on 04/03/2003 12:25:47 PM PST by Minty
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To: P8riot
or "tout depend de la definition exacte du mot 'nuclear'..."
27 posted on 04/03/2003 12:28:36 PM PST by EaglesUpForever (Ne messez pas avec le US)
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To: bedolido
Bastards! My great uncle Edward "Ted" Salivdge is buried in France. http://www.cwgc.org/

http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem/Detail&casualty=1575430

In memory of Private EDWARD SALVIDGE who died on May 2, 1917.

I didn't know you Ted, but I'm very proud of you!

28 posted on 04/03/2003 12:28:53 PM PST by beaversmom (After the Axis of Evil on to the Axis of Weasels)
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To: bedolido
Chirac ALSO told the Queen that the French Army attempted to stop the vandals in the act, but...after a brief shouting match the Army surrendered. haha
29 posted on 04/03/2003 12:28:55 PM PST by sgiant
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To: bird humming
because the Queen is Head of State.
30 posted on 04/03/2003 12:43:47 PM PST by Grand Old Partisan
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To: bedolido
"France knows what it owes to the formidable devotion and courage of the British soldiers that came to help it free itself in the fight against barbarity," Chirac wrote to the Queen.

You know what you owe, yet you are unwilling to pay the price.

You couldn't defend yourselves, twice, and asked us to help.

We wanted (but didn't need) your help to help defend everyone, yet you refused our request.

Not only did you refuse, you deliberately scuttled the process.

Indian givers. Next time you get invaded, don't call us, we'll call you. Maybe. Just so we can get a laugh.

31 posted on 04/03/2003 12:48:43 PM PST by NorCoGOP (Appeasement of Evil Empowers Oppression)
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To: bedolido
This is from the Canadian veteran's website regarding the Canadians buried in France:

http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=collections/poem99/herb_peppard

Freedom is not Free

by Herb Peppard
Nova Scotia

I stood on Vimy Ridge and saw
The names carved in that stone,
And in my troubled mind I heard
the shell fire and the moans.
The cries from these, our gallant men
Five thousand miles from home.
'Twas then my eyes were filled with tears
And truth came clear to me,
these men paid a terrible price
For Freedom is not Free!

I stood beside an unknown grave
Near Vimy's sacred sod,
And forced myself to read the words
Carved in that stone so flawed.
It read: "A CANADIAN SOLDIER,
KNOWN ONLY UNTO GOD!"
Then emotion filled my troubled soul
I could not speak nor see,
The truth was on that weathered stone,
Our Freedom was not Free!
32 posted on 04/03/2003 12:49:24 PM PST by beaversmom (After the Axis of Evil on to the Axis of Weasels)
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To: beaversmom
Here's another nice one:

http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=collections/poem99/cchandler

Gone; But Not Forgotten

Christina Chandler
Carberry, MB

You are the wind
that brushes soft across my face.
You are the stars
that illuminate the shadow and force darkness from this place.
You are every one of a million things I see.
You are the people who won this life for me.

You are the cries
that echoed across this land.
You are the body
who was the strength behind the hand.
You are the courage and the bravery.
You are the men who fought to keep us free.

You are the reason
my laughter rises loud and clear.
You are the soliders
who gave their lives for one held dear.
You are the support, regardless of the fee.
You are the thoughts, the dreams, the memory.

And though gone,
you aren't forgotten.
Today we remember thee.
33 posted on 04/03/2003 12:51:35 PM PST by beaversmom (After the Axis of Evil on to the Axis of Weasels)
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To: Grand Old Partisan
I thought the queen was the figurehead....
34 posted on 04/03/2003 12:52:48 PM PST by bird humming
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To: bedolido
A long time ago, Britain and France were at war.

During one battle, the French captured an English Major. Taking the Major to their headquarters, the French General began to question him.

The French General asked, "Why do you English officers all wear red coats? Don't you know the red material makes you easier targets for us to shoot at?"

In his bland English way, the Major informed the general that the reason English officers wear red coats is so that if they are shot, the blood won't show and the men they are leading won't panic.

And that is why, from that day until now, all French Army Officers wear brown pants.
35 posted on 04/03/2003 12:57:11 PM PST by schaketo
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To: bedolido
French President Jacques Chirac
Monsieur Le President de la Republique
Palais de l'Elysee
55, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore
75008 Paris
FRANCE

Friday, March 21, 2003

Dear President Chirac,

Just a quick note to ensure you understand millions of Americans will never forget you and your country’s cowardice.

We have somewhat considered you an ally and a friend. That perception has recently shifted for all times. And trust me, it is permanent.

I and millions of other Americans are now encouraging our elected officials, President Bush’s administration and business leaders to change their thinking about France. You will see in the future a new punitive approach towards our relationship with your country.

Don’t expect a public announcement regarding this shift. But it will happen.

With friends like France who needs enemies. We are quickly discovering who our real friends are. It is not you or your country. I imagine a few years down the road there will be hell to pay for your position in the history books and your political party’s future.

We’re tired of your slander and your weak knees. Thanks for all your help in the United Nations.

Yours truly,
36 posted on 04/03/2003 12:58:21 PM PST by schaketo
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To: bird humming
Her role as figurehead includes being a nominal Head of State. BTW, the last time a British monarch issued a commmand was in 1944, when at the request of the Admiralty King George VI ordered Winston Churchil not to participate in the D-Day landings as an off-shore observer.
37 posted on 04/03/2003 1:05:12 PM PST by Grand Old Partisan
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To: WorkingClassFilth
Bring all American soldiers home from France, Germany, etc. They should be on FREEDOM's soil.
38 posted on 04/03/2003 1:05:31 PM PST by iopscusa (SC Conserative)
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To: iopscusa
I hope when our troops file past the French Embassy in Baghdad, they give the French an appropriate salute
39 posted on 04/03/2003 1:08:30 PM PST by brydic1
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To: bedolido
Dear Queen of the Rosbeefs,

I deeply regret what has happened here. In order to temper the distress caused by these unfortunate actions, France would like to offer her formal and unconditional surrender.

Sincerely,

Jacques Chirac

40 posted on 04/03/2003 1:34:40 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: beaversmom
The US government pays rent to France for the privledge of letting our boys rest there.

http://www.mywebpal.com/news/partners/701/public/news438198.html
41 posted on 04/03/2003 2:31:33 PM PST by WaveThatFlag
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To: schaketo
Once upon a time (allegedly) in a nice little forest, there lived an orphaned bunny and an orphaned snake. By a surprising coincidence, both were blind from birth. One day, the bunny was hopping through the forest, and the snake was slithering through the forest, when the bunny tripped over the snake and fell down.

This, of course, knocked the snake about quite a bit. "Oh, my," said the bunny, "I'm terribly sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you. I've been blind since birth, so, I can't see where I'm going. In fact, since I'm also an orphan, I don't even know what I am."

"It's quite OK," replied the snake. "Actually, my story is much the same as yours. I, too, have been blind since birth, and also never knew my mother. Tell you what, maybe I could slither all over you, and figure out what you are, so at least you'll have that going for you."

"Oh, that would be wonderful" replied the bunny. So the snake slithered all over the bunny, and said, "Well, you're covered with soft fur; you have really long ears; your nose twitches; and you have a soft cottony tail. I'd say that you must be a bunny rabbit."

"Oh, thank you! Thank you," cried the bunny, in obvious excitement. The bunny suggested to the snake, "Maybe I could feel you all over with my paw, and help you the same way that you've helped me."

So the bunny felt the snake all over, and remarked, "Well, you're smooth and slippery, and you have a forked tongue, no backbone and no balls. I'd say you must be French".

42 posted on 04/03/2003 4:52:56 PM PST by semaj
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To: WaveThatFlag
When this war is over, I really wish we would drop the returning 82nd and 101st airborne divisions onto these cemetaries, where they could exhume their fallen comrades in masse, in the middle of the night.

Airlift all the remains onto a carrier or two, and bring them all home once and for all.

Family members don't feel right about removing them from the company of their friends, but I think it would be ok if they ALL came home together.
43 posted on 04/03/2003 4:54:51 PM PST by swamp40
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