France: 1966 & All That

So, Britain would insist on celebrating the 150th anniversary of Waterloo last year? Eh bien, mes amis, this year France gets her revenge. October 14th is the 900th anniversary of the subjugation of the Anglo-Saxons by that doughty Norman, William the Conqueror. The five departments of ancient Normandy are planning all sorts of festivities, starting in April and including a yacht race to Hastings across the Channel as well as to what should be a well-attended convention of all the descendants of the Conqueror's army.

Every normal Norman, Parisian planners calculated, would be delighted to help pay for such a...

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