Letter: Short memories of ungrateful French

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The Independent Online
IT WAS A pity that John Lichfield ruined an otherwise interesting article. He managed to achieve what he was deriding by having a selective memory of history himself. He states that: "It is 184 years since Britain and France fought each other with anything harder than insults." This conveniently forgets the Vichy French collaboration with the Nazis in the early stages of the Second World War, which led to land, sea and air battles in North Africa and Syria where British and Empire forces fought the French with many casualties on both sides.