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L'Express - France | 28/05/2009

British protocol tolerates no omissions

France has invited US President Barack Obama to attend the 65th anniversary celebrations of the landing of allied troops in Normandy on June 6, but not Queen Elizabeth II. Storms of outrage were sparked in the British press by the government's move, which the weekly magazine L'Express terms a faux pas: "Nicolas Sarkozy has learned at his own expense that British protocol tolerates neither adjustments nor omissions of this sort. By forgetting to invite Queen Elizabeth II to the ceremonies of the 65th anniversary of the Normandy landing ... the president has drawn the fire of the English tabloids. ... The first to unsheath its sword was the Daily Mail, writing that 'the failure ... will be seen as an insult to the memory of the 17,556 British and 5,316 Canadian troops who died to free France and are buried there'. ... Also in the Daily Mail, which no doubt tops the wave of indignation, Stephen Glover speaks of an 'unbelievable insult' to the Queen."

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