August 21, 2004

French Revisionism in the Liberation of France

I was doing a bit of catch-up with my favorite European bloggers last night. Two which I read faithfully are: Barcepundit and NO PASARAN!.

This week, both have powerful stuff up on their site...

Douglas and Erik have posted some incredible stuff at No Pasaran! in the last few days which I recommend you read. One item Douglas posted particularly saddened me, because it seems the French leadership is engaging in some revisionism of their history as it pertains to France’s Liberation in WW2.

As the New York Times indicated this past week, ‘the love affair is over’ between us. Actually, the US and France has been slowly growing apart since before Chirac came to power. I always thought him an opportunist and he continues to show his colors to this day!

Anyway, this evening I was watching France2, the french evening news broadcast in North America, and what were they discussing, the celebration of the liberation of France 60 years ago. Except, in their version there were no mention of allies. The French underground and a rag tag of troops did it all by themselves. What?!! Even though Douglas wrote about it at length I still could not believe it until I heard it with my own eyes. NOW I'M ANGRY!

For once I'm with Rumsfeld, I will from now on no longer think of Europe in terms of France and Germany. I will from now on think of the NEW Europe which includes Poland and the Czech Republic.

BTW, you will learn more by reading the comments to that and the previous post.

As for Franco Aleman of BarcePundit, well for those intimidated by Castellano, you can visit his BarcePundit English site. He has a wonderful writing style and is currently doing guest blogging at The Command Post. His site is a must read as well. Although both sites have mostly similar stuff, there are unique articles to each that make checking both sites worthwhile.

Now I'm off to de-stress, give my hands a break and watch some olympian feats!

Posted by Michele at August 21, 2004 11:24 PM

Hi, Michele

Thanks for commenting in my blog, and linking to it; your Spanish is great, BTW.

Posted by: Franco Alemán (from Barcelona, Spain, the proud new member of the Axis of Weasels) at August 22, 2004 04:03 AM

Personally, I usually watch Olympian butts.

mmmm... women's beach volleyball ;-)

Seriously, though, that French revisionism is mind-boggling.

If someone ever takes up a collection to bring all our soldiers' bodies home from France, I'm cutting a check.

Posted by: Harvey at August 22, 2004 01:58 PM

Is this really true? I find it so hard to believe. Not even the barest acknowledgement of the fact that their much vaunted resistance received tremendous logistical and intelligence support from London? Has this all become too inconvenient for the French?

Finally, how will they explain away all of our graves on their land?

Posted by: RP at August 23, 2004 07:55 AM