I was deeply shocked that a Frenchman would speak at the council table in English!
When Ernest-Antoine Seilliere, head of the UNICE employers federation, started his speech in English, Chirac interrupted to squeal complaints. But Seilliere explained, "I'm going to speak in English because that is the language of business."
So Chirac and a couple of French bureauweenies marched out "so as not to have to listen to that." They sulked outside until the speech was over.
The Brussels correspondent of Britain's Sun, which coined the nickname "Le Ver," couldn't help but rub it in by presenting Chirac with an English phrase book.
Meanwhile...some postcards from Paris!
VILLEPAN AUTO BODY SHOP
PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES
FRENCH FORECAST: MOSTLY BURNING
MADAMOISELLE, HAVE YOU LOST YOUR TAMPON?