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French ambassador bashes US over WWII, 'committed awful mistakes'

The American flag flies from a make-shift staff on a beach on the French Normandy coast on June 14, 1944 where allied troops fought bitterly to push back the Germans. Americans in background push a captured German ammunition cart. (AP Photo)

The French ambassador took to Twitter yesterday to bash the slow U.S. entry into World War II, highlighting “awful mistakes” made by America, not the heroism of thousands of Yanks who died pushing Hitler out of France, including 29,000 who fell at Normandy.

Worse: The attack came on Pearl Harbor Day.

“In this Pearl Harbor Day, we should remember that the US refused to side with France and the UK to confront the facist powers in the 30s,” wrote Gérard Araud Thursday night.

He quickly deleted it after critics piled on, and followed it up with a few others:

“Remembering the mistakes committed by the 3 democracies, France, UK and US, was not a ‘bad take,’” said one.

“We are immensely grateful for what the US did for France in 1944 but it is a fact that US, France and UK committed mistakes in the 30s,” said another.

And with the controversy looking to rekindle the 2003 Washington move to rename French Fries served in Capitol restaurants as “Freedom Fries,” after France refused to back the invasion of Iraq, Araud also started to block critics.

He ended the tweet storm on U.S isolationism of the 1930s responding to one supporter with, “Thank you. My mistake is to consider you can have a dignified conversation on twitter.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com