Thursday, May 04, 2006

French foreign minister dangerously lost.

French foreign minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy has confused Taiwan with Thailand and Croatia with Kosovo and speaks no foreign language - not even English. (IHT)
Now here's a recent show of ignorance of his:
"Were there no Jews killed in Britain?" he asked. "But Mr. Minister, Britain was never occupied by the Nazis," the curator replied. To which Douste-Blazy shot back: "But were no Jews expelled from Britain?" Asked Friday about the Le Monde report, a Foreign Ministry spokesman who was in Sofia with Douste-Blazy declined to comment.
Kinda scary, isn't it?

The American youths may not know much about geography or history which gives credit to the 'perpetual state of tut-tutting horror at the miserable ignorance of kids today' but one thing is clear - at least they're not top-diplomats. As Kevin Drum recently stessed, it would be nice to 'see some actual evidence that our twentysomethings are really any more ignorant than our supposedly well-educated fiftysomethings'


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