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Sun, 16th Oct 2011 | colgiff

French, and Pins Dropping.............................



JFK's Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 1960's
when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all
US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, "Does
that include those who are buried here?"

You could have heard a pin drop.

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There was a conference in France where a number of international
engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a
break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have
you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended
to do, bomb them?'

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:

'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several
hundred people. They are nuclear powered and can supply emergency
electrical power to shore facilities. They have three cafeterias with
the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day. They can produce
several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and
they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and
injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships. How
many does France have?'

You could have heard a pin drop.

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A Royal Navy admiral was attending a naval conference that included
admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French
navies. 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, the English learn only English. He then asked, 'Why is it
that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
speaking French?'
Without hesitating, the British admiral replied, 'Maybe it's because
the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you
wouldn't have to speak German.'

You could have heard a pin drop.

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AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE...

Robert Whiting, an gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At
French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his
carry on.
"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked
sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The Englishman said, 'The last time I was here, I didn't have to show
it."
"Impossible. You English always have to show your passports on arrival
in France!"
The English senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly
explained, "Well, when I came ashore at Gold Beach on D-Day in 1944 to
help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show
a passport to."

You could have heard a pin drop.

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TalismanSun, 16th Oct 2011

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