Time Magazine: "Queen Elizabeth Snubbed: Britain Declares War on France"
France and England have fought each other in the 100 Years' War, the Seven Years' War, the Napoleonic Wars and scads of less memorably named conflicts. And more recently, the French and English have treated the blood-and-tears clashes between their national rugby and soccer teams as fetishes for those battles of yore. The geysers of bile pouring forth from the London tabloids this week suggests a new chapter in Anglo-French enmity may be upon us. Call it the "Great D-Day Hissy Fit."
The casus belli in the latest cross-Channel spat is the slight dealt by the French government to Queen Elizabeth II in failing to invite her to the June 6 ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the 1944 Allied invasion at Normandy. While the Queen has attended - and also skipped - various previous D-Day commemorations, this year's event seems to have been given heightened allure by the planned attendance of U.S. President Barack Obama, who remains the King of Pop on the diplomatic circuit. British tabloids have gone ballistic over what they see as French President Nicolas Sarkozy trying to hog the Obama-radiated limelight.
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Thomas R. Cox - 6/4/2009
I was in Britain during the 50th anniversary of D-Day. There was plenty of hoopla about the British and Canadian roles, commemorative stamps, TV talk ad nauseum about Gold and Sword beach4es, etc. etc., but you would hardly hasve known that Americans were involved or that Utah and Omaha beaches existed. If the French did in fact slight the Brits, I can only say good, its their turn.