Vive la Difference
England Expects reported:
Philippe Douste-Blazy, the new French Minister for Europe was "visiting the new Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem, Douste-Blazy, while looking at a map of Europe showing the number of Jews living in each country before and after the Holocaust, apparently asked:
"Were there no Jews killed in England?"
"But, Minister, England was not occupied by the Nazis!"
"But no Jews were expelled from England?" replies Douste-Blazy."
EU Referendum followed up and confirmed the story:
But, as a matter of fact, there is a kind of a logic in M Douste-Blazy's curious questions. The truth is that Jews had been deported from Vichy France long before it was completely conquered by the Germans. Maybe the Foreign Minister thought that some similar arrangement had existed with Britain as well.
Or, of course, he may just be ignorant and stupid.