Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ridgway Come Home

Tonight President Sarkozy will announce that France is rejoining NATO. The stiffest opposition comes from within the ranks of his own party. Somewhere, the ghost of General Ridgway is smiling. All is forgiven: Ridgway come home, and make Gérard Depardieu happy:

Younger French people may find it unimaginable but American forces were part of the landscape from 1944 to 1967, admired and envied, especially in the 29 base towns, where they cruised in exotic cars, lived luxuriously and taught local women to dance rock'n'roll. At Chateauroux 10 per cent of all marriages between 1951 and 1967 were between US servicemen and French women. The film star Gérard Depardieu has fond memories of a black American girlfriend of his teenage years.

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