French Ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud, observed the 76th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor by castigating America for allegedly not helping his country fight fascism in the 1930s.
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“In this Pearl Harbor day, we should remember that the US refused to side with France and UK to confront fascist powers in the 30s,” Araud declared in a now-deleted tweet.
The ambassador did not backdown from criticism, however, saying the “UK, France and US committed awful mistakes in the 30s. Because of its geography, France was the first to pay for them.”
Araud even defended his original deleted tweet, saying, “remembering the mistakes committed by the 3 democracies, France, UK and US, was not a “bad take.” Araud failed to reference his own country’s complicity and active participation in the Nazi system in the form of the Vichy regime.
He eventually decided to thank the U.S. for coming to France’s defense in the World War II and liberating it from Nazi rule.
The ambassador from Vichy France was unavailable for comment.
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