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Monday, 18 June 2012

"De Gaulle Refueled In Jersey - So Friggin What!!!"

De Gaulle's wartime Jersey stopover


Today marks the 72nd anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle's Free France television appeal.

The French Patriot was given permission by British wartime leader Winston Churchill to make his now legendary call for resistance on the BBC.

But few knew that the day before he called into Jersey to refuel his plane and have lunch at what is now St Peter's Country Hotel.

A plaque marking the occasion was unveiled on Sunday afternoon.

De Gaulle was heading for London to rally support for a resistance movement against the German occupation of France.

It is thought he curried favour by presenting Churchill with a case of his favourite whisky bought at Dunnel's just before he got back on his plane.

"Here's One For All You Francophobes Out There"
by Ian Evans on Sunday, 14 February 2010 at 19:05 ·

I am in awe of people who can make such spontaneous "put downs" as those shown below - actual events.

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60'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?"

DeGaulle did not respond.

You could have
heard a pin drop


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.


A U.S. 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, Americans 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 American 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.



Robert Whiting, an elderly American gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his hold-all.

"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 American said,   "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

"Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!"

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained,

''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha 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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