The usual continental passive-aggressive crap? Petulant envy? A retired British ace fighter pilot opines on de Villepin’s tack prior to the removal of Saddam Hussein:
“Let’s face it, the French have always been opportunistic when it comes to weapons deals. Maybe their military industry is flat on its face.
“But we took enough French-built Exocets during the Falklands for me not to feel too sorry for them.”
The Daily Express has been told by a senior diplomatic source that the former French Prime Prime Minister, Dominique du Villepin – he famously attacked Britain and the US at the UN for proposed involvement in the second Gulf War – was heavily motivated in his outburst by the fact that the French could not field an operational aircraft carrier.