France refuses to fly US WWII vets to Normandy for D-Day anniversary

Posted by: Phineas on May 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm

**Posted by Phineas

"First they stormed Normandy, then their own memorial"

“Dear France, you’re welcome.”

It’s the 70th anniversary, and the men who carried out the landings are in their 80s and 90s, now. You would think, given France’s miserable performance during the war, they could show a little respect and gratitude to those who risked their lives to kick the Nazis out of their country (1). But, no. They’re French, after all.


Seven decades after ­Allied troops stormed Normandy’s beaches and saved France from the Nazis, the surrender-happy nation is turning its back on hundreds of US veterans who want to return next month to mark the invasion’s 70th anniversary.

France has broken its promise to pay for the vets to fly to this year’s commemoration, according to Rep. Michael Grimm.
“Our chief-of-staff heard it from the French Embassy in DC — that they would be flown out to France [for free],” said Nick Iacono, a spokesman for the Staten Island congressman.

But when The Post contacted the embassy Friday, the French turned up their noses as if smelling rotten Camembert.

“The French government never offered to pay for the plane tickets of the veterans traveling to France for the 70th commemoration of D-Day,” said Dana Purcarescu, a spokeswoman for the French ­Embassy in Washington.

Let’s hope this is the result of some sort of miscommunication, and not the slap in the face it appears to be.

But, I doubt it. This is France we’re talking about. They’ve made condescension and insult into an art form.

(1) And, for the record, I think the French government owes the same respect  and honor to the surviving members of the British, Canadian, and Polish armies that also risked everything on D-Day.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “France refuses to fly US WWII vets to Normandy for D-Day anniversary”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    How quickly they see to have forgotten. To be fair, it is probably a member of a small group in a position which enables them to show their insensitivity toward the vets. Probably a faction like the 50 students at Rutgers out of an enrollment of 65,000 which prevented Condoleeza Rice from speaking at their graduation.

    After reading “The Resistance in WWII” by Miller one will develop a new-found respect for the French. The last page shows a large photo of a Nazi collaborator at the moment the firing squad gave him his due. The clothes and restraints being shredded at the critical moment is impressive.

  2. formwiz says:

    Da Frawgs have never forgiven us not only for liberating their country, but their beloved Paris especially.

    Chicken Chuck DeGaulle always thought the US Army should have waited for the French to come up from Provence.

  3. Sefton says:

    They should ask the people of Les Ventes, France what they think of the French Embassy’s reply.

    Great story if you haven’t seen it…

  4. Phineas says:

    Sefton: That is a *great* story. Thanks for posting it!

  5. Carlos says:

    Well, look at this from the French point of view: Are any of these vets French? Then why bother ’cause they’re nothing but mud-sucking bottom feeders compared to real Frenchmen anyway.

  6. Ryan says:

    Sefton – I’m sure pretty much the rest of Normandy agrees with the people of Les Ventes.

  7. Ryan says:

    France has been bitter since the end of World War II. Remember that they basically didn’t want anything non-French to participate in the victory parade in Paris. Then there were a few incidents where they nearly came to blows with their Western Allies.

    They surrendered to the Germans in a matter of weeks, yet in the end wished to be viewed in the same light as the United States and Great Britain — that wasn’t happening.

    And then of course came DeGaulle’s kicking NATO out of France, wanting to be independent militarily and so forth..

    Lots of jealousy over the years..